After a week, a day with no Covid deaths in Sikkim

SUMMIT REPORT

Gangtok, 21 Jun:

The number of active cases of novel coronavirus in Sikkim dropped below 2,500 after a long while today and now stands at 2,448 with 273 more formerly Covid-positive patients completing their home isolation in the last 24 hours.

What is even more reassuring is that after a full week, Sikkim again saw no Covid deaths in the State. The last time this had happened during the second wave was on 14 June.

Sikkim’s count of recovered cases has now reached 16,329 against the 19,321 confirmed cases recorded thus far.

Although the Sunday break for the VRD Labs had a role to play in the low number of new cases detected in the past 24 hours, Sikkim can still draw comfort from the fact that today's 25 new cases are the lowest since 26 April when 23 cases had been reported.

The new cases were detected from the testing of 172 samples for COVID-19 on Sunday giving Sikkim a daily positivity rate of 14.5%.

As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, nine new cases were found in RT-PCR testing of 46 samples and 16 more persons tested positive in rapid antigen testing of 116 samples.

Out of these 25 new cases, 17 were registered in East District, two in West District, four in South District and two in North District.

The hospitals saw only five new admissions. Of the 2,448 active cases in the State, only 107 have symptoms severe enough to require hospitalisation while the rest are recuperating at home. Of the patients in hospital, 15 are admitted in ICU at STNM hospital and Central Referral Hospital.