87 new Covid infections and 139 recoveries in past 24 hrs in Sikkim

Summit Report

Gangtok, 20 Jun:

Sikkim recorded 87 fresh cases of novel coronavirus and 139 new recoveries of COVID patients in the last 24 hours to continue the pattern of recording more recoveries than new cases, a trend that has stayed unbroken for the past ten days.

In the meantime, two more persons succumbed to Covid in the last 24 hours taking Sikkim’s COVID death toll to 293. Both the COVID deaths were reported from STNM Hospital.

As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme [IDSP] of the Health Department this morning, the 87 cases were picked up the testing of 578 samples on Saturday.

Noticeably fewer tests are being conducted of late, and this could be because of a combination of factors. For RT-PCR tests, people are usually expected to visit hospitals or PHCs where samples are collected and since most of the Covid clusters have already been screened once, those numbers have also come down, sources inform.

It would however be well advised to continue pushing mass and convenient Covid testing across the State since this is the best way to detect spikes in cases before infections run out of control.

Given the low number of tests, Sikkim daily test positivity rate also grew to 15% from having come down substantially below 10% over the past week.

While 51 new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 333 samples, 36 more tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing of 231 samples.

Out of the 87 new cases, 57 were registered in East District, 22 in West District, 06 in South District and 02 in North District.

Only six people developed symptoms severe enough to require hospitalisation over the past 24 hours and collectively, only 100 of the 2,697 currently active cases are in hospital and the rest of the Covid-positive people are recuperating at home. The two Covid ICU facilities in the State - at STNM Hospital and CRH-Tadong - have a total of 14 under their watch at present.