Covid claims one more life, Sikkim’s toll reaches 130

Summit Report

Gangtok, 14 Jan:

Sikkim’s COVID-19 related death toll reached 130 on Thursday with novel coronavirus claiming the life of a 54-year-old lady from Namnang, Gangtok. She passed away at around 10 AM on Wednesday, 13 Jan, due to COVID pneumonitis and cardiac pulmonary arrest.

In his daily health bulletin on Thursday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia, confirmed that the death is being recorded as a COVID death with co-morbidities since the patient was also suffering from hypertension.

The patient was admitted to the COVID-dedicated STNM Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on 10 January.

In the meanwhile, the number of active cases of novel coronavirus in Sikkim dropped substantially down to 162 with the recovery of 155 patients from the facility and home isolation in the last 24 hours. 144 of these recoveries were from the Central Jail at Rongyek, where following an outbreak, 221 inmates had tested positive. At present, only ten inmates are still positive and the rest have recovered.

The total number of recovered patients of COVID-19 in Sikkim has now further improved to 5,624, giving Sikkim a recovery rate to 93.56%.

Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases has now reached 6,011 with seven fresh cases of novel coronavirus detected in the last 24 hours. There are currently two patients in the ICU facility at STNM Hospital.

Mr Bhutia informs that of the seven new cases, five were reported from East District, one from West District and one from South Sikkim. The seven cases were picked up from the testing of 217 samples on Wednesday, of which four were found in testing of 166 samples via RT-PCR and three from rapid antigen testing of 41 samples.

Among the cases reported from in and around the capital are one person from AG Quarters in Upper Shyari, one from Development Area, one from 5th Mile-Tadong and one from Dukpa Golai-Ranka.

Meanwhile, one person from Sajong, Rumtek, who is admitted in STNM Hospital, was also found positive for COVID-19. Likewise, one person from Thangsey Road near NIT Rabongla in South District and one person from Dentam in West District were also found positive for COVID-19.