No new cases and one new Covid death in Sikkim

Summit Report

Gangtok, 15 Nov:

Sikkim recorded a daily test positivity rate of 0% on samples screened on Sunday, and while that might come as a relief, it needs to be tempered with the fact that the two VRD Labs in the State where RT-PCR tests can be carried out, work on much reduced capacities on Sundays. The zero-figure, for instance, comes from the screening of 138 samples yesterday, only 89 of which were put through RT-PCR yesterday. In comparison, 264 samples were screened on Saturday, 181 of which were put through TRT-PCR testing.

To further temper the mood, the Daily Report of COVID-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department on Monday morning further informs that Sikkim’s weeklong run of no Covid deaths ended on Sunday with the virus claiming a life here at CRH yesterday. The State’s Covid toll now stands at 401.

The State’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected since testing began on 28 Feb last year holds at 31,101.

There are currently 115 active cases of Covid in the State, only 17 of whom are with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalisation. Four of these patients are in ICU and one of the 17 is under 18 years of age.

Also in the past 24 hours, four more Covid patients made full recoveries and were discharged from home isolation. With this, the number of fully recovered cases has inched up to 31,251 giving the State a recovery rate of 98.4%.