5 new cases on low-testing Sunday; Sikkim crosses one lakh vaccinations


Gangtok, 12 Apr:

Five new cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours in Sikkim taking the

state's tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 6,410. All the new cases were reported from East

District and were found in rapid antigen testing of 11 samples. No RT-PCR tests were carried out yesterday since the VRD Lab, the only facility where these tests can be carried out, are closed on Sundays. The State is on hyper-enforcement mode at present since daily cases have been spiking over

the past few days. Given the high numbers [there were 54 new cases in the last RT-PCR tests carried

out on Saturday], even though the low numbers today are because of inexplicably low number

of testing, the single digit incidence will come as a relief for most. In his daily health bulletin on Monday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia, informed that one person from Kingstone in Rhenock was found positive for COVID-19 as was a 42-year-old lady from near Cooperative, Sichey

[Gangtok]. The contract tracing team has not been able to contact her though. The remaining three cases are of tourists - one from Patna and the other two from Kolkata - who returned home after testing positive. On the other hand, the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Sikkim reached 5,985 with two more recoveries on Sunday. There are currently 161 active cases of novel coronavirus in Sikkim.

Meanwhile, 1,383 people were vaccinated for COVID-19 on Sunday, of whom 961 received their

first dose of vaccine while 422 completed their vaccine schedule with the second dose. Mr Bhutia informed that 15 healthcare workers [03 first dose & 12 second dose], 376 frontline workers [07 first dose & 369 second dose] and 992 persons in age group of 45 years & above [951 first dose & 41 second dose] were vaccinated for COVID-19. While giving a cumulative figure of the vaccinations

so far, he informed that 1,00,656 persons have received the first dose of vaccine and 16,810 have already received their second shot. A total of 1,17,466 persons were vaccinated so far for COVID-19 in Sikkim.