No Covid deaths in Sikkim since 18 Nov

Summit Report

Gangtok, 29 Nov:

The Sunday slowdown in testing resulted in only 129 samples being screened for Covid in the past 24 hours in the State from which five samples returned positive, giving Sikkim a daily test positivity rate of 3.90%. What is genuinely more reassuring is that Sikkim has not seen any Covid death since 18 November and the toll continues to hold at 403 even as nearly 91% of the State’s adult population is now fully vaccinated against the virus with 4,67,595 of the State’s 5,24,267 adult population having received both shots of Covishield. All five cases were recorded in East district.Significantly, although under 18 year olds have been testing positive, none of them appears to be coming down too severely with the virus since none of them is currently in hospital. For instance, as per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, of the 121 active cases of Covid in the State, 106, which includes all the under 18 year olds who have tested positive, are on their way to recovery under home isolation. This would suggest that they are all either asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic. It is also worth mentioning here that 11 of the 17 new cases reported in Sikkim a day earlier of Saturday had come West Sikkim – all 11 either students or staff of JNV Rohtak. While infections were always expected with the reopening of schools and lifting of most Covid rules, what is reassuring in the present case is that most of these infections are clearly mild. There is no Covid patient currently admitted at District Hospital, Gyalshing, in West Sikkim. In West district meanwhile, there are 33 Covid patients in home isolation. Namchi District Hospital has only one Covid patient admitted there and there is no Covid patient admitted in Mangan District Hospital.

STNM Hospital continues to carry a bulk of Covid patient load and has 11 patients in its Covid ward, two of whom are in ICU. CRH-Tadong has three patients in its Covid ward, one of whom is in ICU.

The IDSP report further informs that 11 Covid patients were discharged from home isolation yesterday after making full recoveries and that Sikkim’s current recovery rate stands at 98.4%.

No vaccination was undertaken yesterday.