Daily test positivity rate drops to its lowest of third wave

Summit Report

Gangtok, 07 Feb:

The Third Wave completed a month in Sikkim today with the daily test positivity rate coming in at its lowest of the current wave, even as the virus claimed yet another life with a death reported from STNM Hospital.

As per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim released Monday morning by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, 33 fresh cases were picked up from the screening of 906 samples here yesterday. This daily test positivity rate of 3.6% is the lowest of the third wave thus far.

Taking the third wave as having begun on 08 Jan, the day when the sequence of fresh deaths began and daily new cases started rising rapidly, Sikkim has now recorded 27 deaths in this spate thus far.

As for daily test positivity rates, the highest of the current wave was recorded at 29.7% on 20 Jan [305 new cases from 1,237 tests] and the highest number of single-day detections was on 19 Jan when 427 new cases were picked up from 1,463 samples screened.

The positivity rate dropped to below 10% on 31 Jan and has remained sub-10% since then.

In the past month, a total of 32,299 samples were tested for Covid from which 6,105 cases were detected. As of today, the test positivity rate of the third wave then works out to a little over 17%. The 3.6% recorded today is clearly a substantial drop since then. Sikkim' cumulative test positivity rate since testing began on 28 Feb, 2020, is 12.2%.

Today's numbers come tempered with the fact that comparatively fewer RT-PCR tests were conducted yesterday since it was a Sunday, a day when the VRD-Labs work on reduced capacity. only 80 samples were screened via RT-PCR yesterday, from which seven returned positive. One more case was picked up from TruNat testing of 4 samples while Rapid Antigen Testing of 822 samples returned 25 new cases.

Significantly, only five new hospitlisations were reported in the past 24 hours. The average daily hospitalisation has been slightly over 20 for the past month.

Of the 539 active cases of Covid in the State at present, 503 are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms, 18 have reported moderate symptoms and 18 have presented severe symptoms.

It is clear that the third wave is less pathogenic, and even by that yardstick, the number appear to suggest that Sikkim is turning the corner. In the past 24 hours for instance, the illness of Covid patients appears to have been brought under control. Only a day earlier, there were 33 Covid patients with moderate symptoms and 20 with severe illness. This number has come down to 18 for both segments.

At present, there are 70 Covid patients, including 10 under 18 year olds, are in hospital. 18 of the 70 are in ICU, three of whom are under-18.