Low testing spikes positivity rate, but re assuringly no new Covid deaths in last 24 hours

SAGAR CHHETRI

Gangtok, 23 Jun: The number tests being conducted in the State have dropped substantially, and while

this could be because fewer primary contacts of Covid-positive people have still not been screened, it is also something that the concerned authorities should address and expand mass testing system. And as can expected with fewer tests, when people who suspect exposure show up for tests, Sikkim's test

positivity rate has also gone up and was recorded at 19.80% after having dropped close to 5% only

a few days back. Sikkim recorded 131 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours from the testing of

659 samples. On the other hand, continuing its record of posting more recoveries than new cases, the same 24 hours also saw 171 Covid patients make full recoveries and get discharged from home isolation. These two figures combined to reduce the number of active Covid cases in the State to 2,390.

At the same time, the State witnessed no new COVID deaths in the last 24 hours in the State, and this reassuring since only a day earlier, it had lost three lives to Covid. Sikkim’s COVID death toll stands at 296. The second wave has claimed 160 lives since 22 April. As per the Daily Report of Covid-19 released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, while 89 of the

new cases were picked up in RT-PCR testing of 386 samples, 42 samples returned positive in rapid

antigen testing of 262. Sikkim’s tally of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased to 19,589.

Out of 131 new cases, 75 were registered in East District, 20 in West District and 36 in South District. Only eight COVID patients were admitted to hospitals today while 12 patients are currently admitted in ICU facilities of STNM hospital and Central Referral Hospital, Tadong.