Covid infections remain erratic, come in at 7.3% a day after registering 0.87% TPR

Summit Report

Gangtok, 25 Nov:

Covid infections continue to post erratic positivity rates in the State and came in at a high 7.3% today, 24 hours after the daily test positivity rate was recorded at 0.87%. What Sikkim can draw comfort from is that hospitalization of Covid patients remains low and complete double-vaccination coverage today went past 90% in the State.

As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department this morning, 19 people tested positive from the 259 samples screened for the virus in the preceding 24 hours. A day earlier, only 3 of the 357 samples tested for Covid had returned positive.

Of the 19 new cases, 18 were registered in East District from 138 people tested and one in West District from 91 samples screened. All the 24 tests conducted in South Sikkim and six in North district returned negative for Covid.

While 17 of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 113 samples, one each in TruNat testing of 17 samples and rapid antigen testing of 144 samples returned positive.

With these new cases, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 [since testing began on 28 Feb, 2020] inched up to 32,198.

Sikkim’s count of recovered cases also recorded a slight improvement to 31,336 with the discharge of eight COVID patients from home isolation after making full recoveries giving Sikkim a current recovery rate of 98.30%.

There are 125 active Covid cases in the State at present, 109 of whom are on their way to recovery under home isolation and only 16 are with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. There is no under 18 year old admitted in hospital with Covid.

Reassuringly, no Covid death was recorded in the State in the past 24 hours and the Covid toll continues to hold at 403.

The drop in Covid fatalities and low hospitalization can be ascribed to the vaccination coverage in Sikkim.

Significantly, today, the proportion of fully vaccinated adult population of Sikkim crossed the 90% mark and now stands at 90.04%. 4,65,554 of the 5,17,000 adult population [18+] of Sikkim has now received both doses of Covidshield.

Yesterday, 505 people received the vaccine jab, 478 completing their vaccine schedule with the second dose and 27 getting their first jab.