Covid in recession in Sikkim, thankfully

Summit Report

Gangtok, 22 Feb:

Daily new cases continued to remain in single-digits in Sikkim for the third consecutive day today, and what is even more reassuring for the State is that the daily test positivity rate too has remained below 10% throughout February. In fact, for the past week, the daily TPR in Sikkim has remained under 5%.

As per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department on Tuesday morning, nine new cases were reported in the State in the past 24 hours. Picked up from the screening of 263 samples, this gives the State a daily Test Positivity Rate of 3.4%.

With no Covid deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, Sikkim completed a week without the virus claiming any lives. The last Covid death here was recorded on 15 Feb. Thus far, since the first Covid death in Sikkim was recorded on 26 July 2020, the State has lost 441 lives to the virus.

What is also significant is that there is no Covid patient on ventilator support at present which would suggest that severity of Covid infections is now very low here.

Of the 109 active Covid cases at present, only 19 have been hospitalised and the rest are recovering under home isolation, a majority of them either asymptomatic or with only mild symptoms.

Of the 19 in hospital, three are in ICU.

As per the IDSP Report, six of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR screening of 123 samples and three in rapid antigen testing of 139 samples.

Of the nine new cases, six were registered in East District, two in West District and one in South District. The tally of the confirmed cases of covid-19 has now reached 39,039 in the State.

Also over the past 24 hours, 19 Covid patients made full recoveries and were discharged from home isolation to improve the number of so-recovered patients to 37,745. Sikkim's current recovery rate stands at 98.6%.

On the vaccination front, 236 children aged between 15 to 18 years received their Covaxin jabs yesterday, 198 completing their vaccination schedule with the second dose while 38 got their first jab. While nearly 82% of this age-group has received at least the first dose of the vaccine, 46.57% of those aged 15-18 have completed their vaccination schedule thus far.

Among the adults, only 24 received their Covishield shots, 18 of whom completed their vaccination schedule with the second dose while six received their first dose.

As for the precautionary dose being administered to healthworkers, frontline workers and those with co-morbidities and above 60 years of age, a total of 36,415 of them have received this booster dose here thus far.