Covid claims one more in Sikkim even as new infections continue to drop

Summit Report

Gangtok, 10 Mar:

Infections might have dropped off, but Covid continues to remind Sikkim that lives are at stake. Today, for the second consecutive day, the State recorded a Covid fatality with a 53-year-old male from Rongli-Sundunglakha in East District passing away at STNM Hospital. A day earlier, a Covid-positive 22-year-old female had passed away at STNM Hospital. Thus far, Sikkim has lost 445 lives to the virus.

Meanwhile, Sikkim’s daily test positivity rate for Covid-19 continues to remain under 1% and came in today at 0.98% with two fresh cases recorded from the screening of 204 samples in the past 24 hours. East and West districts contributed a case each.

As per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department, both the new cases were picked up in rapid antigen testing of 122 samples, while all the 81 samples screened via RT-PCR and one sample put through Trunat testing returned negative.

The state's tally of confirmed cases has now reached 39,100.

Also over the same 24 hours, the number of active cases dropped to 26 with five more recoveries reported in the State. The number of recovered cases has now improved to 37,883 and Sikkim's current recovery rate stands at 98.8%.

Of the 26 active cases, three are down with severe symptoms, one patient has moderate symptoms while the remaining 22 patients are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms.

While there were no new hospitalisations in the State in the past 24 hours, there are currently nine Covid patients in hospital, three of whom are in ICU.

On the vaccination front, 170 children aged between 15 to 18 years received their Covaxin shots on Wednesday, 135 completing their vaccination schedule with the second dose and 35 getting their first jabs. 57.95% of this population group have already received both shots of the vaccine.

In the adult population, four received their first dose while 53 completed their vaccination schedule with the second dose of Covishield.

Also yesterday, 13 frontline workers and 11 above 60 years of age received their precautionary dose taking the total number of so vaccinated to 38,322.