Active cases cross 1K mark in Sikkim, but only 0.56% have severe symptoms

Summit Report

Gangtok, 13 Jan:

The numbers of active cases of Covid-19 in Sikkim crossed the 1,000-mark today suggesting that the third wave has now set in. As of Thursday, there are 1,063 active cases. Reassuringly for Sikkim, the severity of infections remains low, and as per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department this morning, 1,050 of the 1,063 new cases are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms.

Seven Covid patients have reported moderate symptoms while six have severe symptoms. That said, 58 of the Covid+ve people have been hospitalised, none of the six patients in ICU are on ventilator support while seven of the hospitalised patients are in beds with oxygen support.

From the 1,646 samples screened for the virus yesterday, 294 returned positive at a daily test positivity rate of 17.8%.

137 of the cases were picked up from RT-PCR testing of 362 samples, 155 were reported in rapid antigen testing of 1,279 samples and two more detected in TruNat testing of five samples.

Of the 294 new cases, 200 were registered in East District, 45 in West District, 40 in South District and 09 in North District.

The tally of confirmed cases reported in the State since testing began on 28 Feb, 2020, has now reached 33,645.

In the meantime, 16 more Covid patients were discharged from home isolation after making full recoveries, taking the State's count of recovered cases to 31,763 at a current recovery rate of 96%.

On the other hand, no Covid deaths were reported in the State in the past 24 hours and the toll holds at 410.

Meanwhile, in continuation of the vaccination drive, 1,596 children aged between 15 to 18 years received their first dose of Covaxin on Wednesday and with this, 19,624 of them have received their first shot. With the population in this age-group estimated at 41,000, the IDSP data reveals that 47.86% of them have been covered thus far.

In the 18+ segment of the population, 464 more received their Covishield jabs yesterday, 124 receiving their first dose and 340 completing their vaccination schedule with the second dose.