Covid claims one more in Sikkim; Percentage of fully vaccinated eligible population crosses 60


Gangtok, 23 Sept: Covid claimed a life in the State in the past 24 hours, taking Sikkim’s toll to 382. This was the third Covid death recorded in the State thus far this week. Also today, the proportion of fully vaccinated [eligible population] Sikkimese crossed the 60% mark. Meanwhile, Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 since testing began on 28 Feb, 2020, reached 31,136 with 62 fresh cases the virus reported in the last 24 hours. Over the same period, there were also 57 Covid patients who made full recoveries and were discharged from home and facility isolation, taking the total number of people who have beaten the virus in Sikkim to 29,798. Of the 644 currently active cases of Covid-19

in Sikkim, only 57 are with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization while the rest are on their way to recovery under home or facility isolation. Of these 57, only seven are under 18 years of age and six are in ICU. Only one of the six in ICU is under 18 years of age. Clearly, both, infections and hospitalizations have gone down substantially, and what should come as even more reassuring news

is that vaccine-coverage has expanded substantially in the State. With the 14,129 doses of Covishield administered on Wednesday [542 first dose and 13,587 second dose], 60.93% of the adult population

of Sikkim is now fully vaccinated. As for the Covid updates from the past 24 hours, the Daily Report

of COVID-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department this morning, the 62 new cases were picked up from the testing of 640 samples yesterday,

giving Sikkim a daily test positivity rate of 9.6%. While 32 of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 286 samples, 29 more tested positive in rapid antigen testing of 349 samples and one case was detected in TruNat testing of five samples. Of the 62 cases, 30 were reported in East District, 18 in West District, 13 in South District and one in North District.