No Covid deaths for second consecutive day in Sikkim

Summit Report

Gangtok, 14 July:

Sikkim recorded no Covid deaths for the second consecutive day today and this should come as some welcome respite for residents here.

In the meantime, 169 new cases of novel coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours were one less than the 170 people who recovered from Covid and were discharged from home and facility isolation over the same 24 hour period.

Sikkim’s count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 now stands at 22,792, while the number of recovered cases stands at 19,937. Only 103 of the 2,279 active cases of Covid in Sikkim are nursing symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization while the rest are either asymptomatic or with only mild symptoms and are recovering at home or facility isolation.

The State’s daily test positivity rate also remained typically erratic and clocked in at 18.2% today with the 169 cases getting picked up from 927 samples screened for Covid yesterday.

Today’s count was 28.3% a day earlier and this can perhaps be explained to the overall numbers being low in the State and getting spiked every time a cluster tests positive together. Yesterday for instance, 30% of the new cases were from one location alone – 68 monks from a monastery in East Sikkim were among the 226 cases reported yesterday.

As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department at 8AM Wednesday, of the 169 new cases, 84 cases were registered in East District, 51 in West District, 33 in South District and one in North District.

While 101 of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 693 samples, 68 more tested positive in rapid antigen testing of 288 samples.

There were only 14 new hospitalizations today.