Covid claims 8 more lives, toll reaches 232

Summit Report

Gangtok, 24 May:

Sikkim recorded eight more COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours as per the Daily Report of Covid-19 released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department this morning. With this, the State has now lost 232 lives to the virus. Of the eight deaths, six were reported from STNM Hospital and two from Central Referral Hospital, Tadong.

A reassuring piece of information in this report is confirmation that 224 recoveries were reported in the same 24 hours with this many people across the State completing their period of home isolation across the State after having tested positive for Covid-19. These formerly Covid-positive people either never developed symptoms severe enough to require hospitalisation or returned home after treatment in hospital and went on to complete their isolation without complications.

Also over the same period, 20 Covid patients were released from hospitals here after their complications were sufficiently addressed and their conditions normalised to a level where they could safely convalesce at home.

While Sikkim has thus far recorded 13,233 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 9,605 have already made full recoveries. There are currently 2,980 people under home of facility isolation across the state, this number having dipped below 3,000 after several days.

Since the two VRD Labs in the State remain closed on Sundays, no RT-PCR tests were conducted yesterday as a result of which only 101 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours, hundred of these cases being picked up from Rapid Antigen Testing of 395 samples on Sunday. Only one of the 11 screened by TruNAT returned positive.

It may be mentioned here that the Health Department has begun conducting doorstep Rapid Antigen Testing of primary contacts [under home isolation] in areas which have recorded a spike in positive cases.

While healthworkers covered IBM-Rangpo and Majhitar on 22 May, its team covered Arithang ward in Gangtok on Sunday.

Meanwhile, of the 101 new cases, 26 were registered in East District, 69 in West District, four in South District and two in North Sikkim.

There are currently 3184 active cases of coronavirus in Sikkim, of whom 15 were admitted in the ICU facility at STNM hospital and 11 in the ICU at CRH, Tadong. A total of 204 Covid patients are admitted in hospital at present.

Meanwhile on Monday, 1,283 people received their Covishield jabs at the 46 vaccination sites kept open across the State today, not all of which received visits by people seeking a vaccine.

Thus far, Sikkim has administered 2,35,586 doses of the vaccine covering 1,75,949 people, 59,637 of whom have completed their vaccine schedule having received both jabs.

While 55,205 people above 60 years of age have received the vaccine thus far, the drive has covered 92,041 people in the 45-60 age-group and 28,690 people in the 18-44 age bracket.