Covid claims one more, Sikkim’s toll climbs to 124

Summit Report

Gangtok, 20 Dec:

Novel Coronavirus claimed one more life in Sikkim taking the State’s COVID-related death toll to 124.

In his daily health bulletin on Sunday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia, informed that the latest fatality, a 70-year-old male from Niya, South District, was found positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing at Central Referral Hospital on 03 December.

He was then admitted to the COVID-dedicated STNM Hospital.

He tested positive again on 17 December and passed away at around 7:30 Sunday morning due to COVID pneumonitis. The septuagenarian had underlying factors of multiple organ disfunction and arthritis.

Meanwhile, only 12 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported in Sikkim in the last 24 hours on Sunday, nudging the state’s tally of confirmed cases up to 5,573. The low number of cases could also be attributed to the comparatively fewer tests carried out on Saturday when on 103 samples were tested. Of late, Sikkim has been testing more than 200 samples on a routine basis.

Of the 12 new cases, 11 were reported from East District and one from South Sikkim.

On the other hand, the number of discharged Covid patients in Sikkim has improved to 4,981. There are currently 374 active cases of novel coronavirus in the State, of whom one is admitted in the ICU facility of STNM Hospital.

Among the new cases reported from in and around the capital are two persons from Tathangchen, one from near Zero Point, one from Tadong, one from Baluwakhani, one from Bojoghari, one from Socheygang, one from Swastik and one person who came for testing to STNM Hospital.

Likewise, one person from Yangta, Gyalshing in West District and one person from Daragaon, Turuk and one from Ghurpisey in South District have also tested positive for COVID-19.