7 new cases take Sikkim's Covid count to 6,191

Summit Report

Gangtok, 16 Mar: After going two days without any fresh cases, Sikkim reported what can only be called a "rash" of new infections today when news arrived that seven new cases of novel coronavirus have been detected here in the last 24 hours. Before the no new cases days, Sikkim had spent nearly a month with daily cases remaining below five with only a few days when this sub-5 figure was crossed. All the new cases are from Gangtok and a person each has tested positive for nCoV from Mangar Colony near Gurung Gumpa, Helipad, Sai Mandir- Vajra, Tadong, near Rey Khola, near the Machong PHC, and two primary contacts from Tintek, Chuba. Meanwhile, four more patients were discharged from isolation facilities to further improve the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Sikkim to 5,915. Sikkim’s tally of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported so far has now reached 6,191, of which only 44 are active

cases. Only two of the seven new infections required hospitalisation and there are currently only 5 Covid patients in hospital in Sikkim. In his daily health bulletin on Tuesday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia detailed that the seven new cases were detected in the testing of 237 samples on Monday. While giving details of the COVID vaccination drive, Mr Bhutia informed 2,995 people received COVID-19 vaccination shots at different vaccination sites across the State today. He informed that of these, 2,703 people received their first dose while 292 others completed their vaccine schedule with the second dose. Among those vaccinated today, there are 268 healthcare workers [126 first doses and 142 second dose], 387 frontline workers [237 first dose and 150 second dose], 406 persons in age group of 45 to 59 years with comorbidities and 1,934 above-60 year olds.