First time in 44 days that Sikkim reports no Covid deaths!

SAGAR CHHETRI

Gangtok, 07 Jun:

The State was allowed a collective sigh of relief today to mark the first time in 44 days that Sikkim reported no Covid deaths. The second wave of Covid-19 has been brutal for Sikkim, the month and a half that it has been among us claiming as many lives as the virus had taken in the entire year till then. The last time that Sikkim saw no Covid deaths was on 24 April, 2021. In the 44 days that have passed since, Sikkim has lost a staggering 136 lives to Novel Coronavirus. In a weird coincidence, Sikkim's Covid death toll until the second wave hit, including a two month period from Feb to April in which only one life was lost, also stood at 136. The number of lives the virus snatched away in a year, the second wave managed to do so in barely 44 days.

For some further clarity, this newspaper counts 22 April as the start of the second wave in Sikkim as it from that day the Covid deaths became a regular feature [while no deaths were reported on 23 and 24 April, from thereon, Sikkim has received no pause until today]. That was the 137th Covid death in Sikkim, and came after a more than two months of no fatalities due to the virus except one on 06 April. After a steady stream of deaths, Covid mortalities had stopped on 01 Feb, 2021.

A day without any deaths after a month and a half of averaging three deaths per day, including a record number of nine fatalities on 13 May, is special no doubt, but it is still too early for Sikkim to celebrate. The second wave is clearly on its way out, but Sikkim is still not out of the woods yet. Sikkim's COVID death toll stands at 273.

That said, yesterday being a Sunday, even the number of new cases were low since no RT-PCR tests were carried out and the number of recoveries also swelled. Against barely 59 new Covid cases picked up from the screening of 706 samples, 312 people made full recoveries and were discharged from home and facility isolation across the State in the 24 hours ending 8AM, 07 June.

Sikkim’s figure of recovered cases now stands at 12,608 while its tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected thus far has now reached 17,170.

There are currently 4,051 active cases of coronavirus in the State, of whom 25 are in ICU.

It was a markedly different picture a day earlier when on Sunday, Sikkim reported 340 new cases and five more Covid deaths.