Second wave wanes, Sikkim goes seven days with under 100 new cases

Summit Report

Gangtok, 31 Aug:

Covid infections are clearly going down in Sikkim, and today, for the seventh day in a row, new cases came in at under 100 when only 37 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. These 37 cases were picked up from the testing of 444 samples yesterday giving the State a daily test positivity rate of 8.3%.

Unfortunately, even though the number of Covid fatalities has come down, they still continue, and one more life was lost to the virus in the past 24 hours taking Sikkim’s Covid toll to 370. That said, even the number of Covid deaths have been consistently coming down and in the past seven days, there were a total of three such deaths and Sikkim also had four days, including today, when no Covid death was reported.

Meanwhile, of the 37 new cases, 10 were registered in East District, 17 in West District, nine in South District and one in North District.

Also in the past 24 hours, the number of recoveries counted out to more than four-times the number of new cases with 129 people making full recoveries and getting discharged from home and facility isolation on Monday.

Sikkim’s count of the recovered cases has accordingly improved to 28,132 and the current recovery rate of COVID-19 stands at 95%. Of the total of 29,878 Covid cases reported in the State since 28 Feb, 2020, a total of 22,270 cases have come in the second wave.

There are currently only 1,094 active Covid cases in the State, only 63 are with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization and the rest are nursing mild enough symptoms from which they are recovering under home or facility isolation. There are 10 Covid patients currently admitted in the ICU facilities at STNM Hospital and CRH.

Of the Covid patients in hospital, only seven are under 18 years of age, one of whom was admitted in the past 24 hours. None of them is in the ICU.

As for the break-up of the positive cases, while 28 persons tested positive in rapid antigen testing of 211 samples, seven were reported positive in RT-PCR testing of 226 samples.

On the vaccination front, the IDSP report informs that 48 persons in the 45 and above age-group [14 first dose & 34 second dose] and 357 persons in age group of 18 to 44 years [187 first dose & 170 second dose] received their Covishield jabs on Monday.

While 94.84% of the population eligible to receive the Covid vaccine has already received the first shot, 31.36% have completed their vaccine schedule.