ONE MORE COVID-POSITIVE PERSON PASSES AWAY, TOLL RISES TO 143

After record rise in daily cases, Sikkim's active count goes past 1000 Gangtok, 28 Apr: Sikkim registered a record surge in daily cases of Covid with 151 people testing positive for Coronavirus across the State today. The previous record was 149 cases registered on 14 August, 2020. The second wave had come within a whisker of break this record a few days back on Sunday when 148 new cases were reported.

The number of active cases in the State has also commensurately bloated to 1,106. Of these, 98

Covid-positive people are currently in hospital, and worryingly, nine of them, the highest in recent

months, are in the ICU at STNM Hospital here. Today, there were only 15 new hospital admissions

and the rest of the cases prescribed home isolation since they had only mild or no symptoms. Of the patients in hospital, 79 are admitted at the Covid-dedicated STNM Hospital, 13 at Central Referral Hospital [where a Covid ward was appointed earlier this week], 5 at Mangan District Hospital and one at

Namchi District Hospital. Of the 151 new cases, 114 were detected in tests carried out in East

District, nine in West District, 23 in South District and five in North District. These new cases were picked up from the testing of 515 samples on Tuesday. This gives Sikkim a Test Positivity Rate of slightly over 29%, a worryingly high number. It needs to also be borne in mind that the Test Positivity Rate is expected to be high under the present conditions since a majority of the samples being collected are of primary contacts of people who have already tested positive in this, the second wave of Covid in the State. It is informed that 113 samples returned positive for COVID-19 in RT-PCR testing of 352 samples,

while two new cases were detected in TruNat testing of seven samples and 36 in rapid antigen testing of

156 samples. The State also lost one more life to Covid when a patient admitted at CRH-Tadong passed

away today. This was the second death of a Covid-positive patient at CRH in as many days. The number of Covid-related deaths in Sikkim now stands at 143. Today's fatality takes the number of lives claimed in the past two weeks by the second wave to seven. On the other hand, the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Sikkim further improved to 6,154 with the discharge of 21 more persons from home isolation upon completion of their prescribed isolation period.