Sikkim loses two more to COVID, toll reaches 121

Summit Report

Gangtok, 16 Dec:

Sikkim’s death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 121 on Wednesday with two more deaths being reported in the State in the last 24 hours. Both the fatalities were in their sixties and had underlying conditions and are thus being recorded as COVID-deaths with co-morbidities.

In the daily health bulletin on Wednesday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia informed that a 62-year-old lady from Lingding in East District passed away at around 5:06 PM Tueday evening due to cardio respiratory failure at STNM Hospital.

She had tested positive for COVID-19 at Central Referral Hospital on Tuesday itself and was then admitted to STNM Hospital where she passed away shortly after. She had co-morbidities of diabetes, hypertension and hyperthyroidism, it is informed.

The second COVID-death of the day was of a 64-year-old male from Rongneck in East District.

The patient was reportedly brought to the emergency ward of STNM Hospital with some complications and after he tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing, he was admitted into the Covid wing of hospital. The patient had co-morbid conditions of renal problem, arthritis, liver and kidney problems. He passed away at around 11 PM Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 33 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours, taking Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 5,398 on Wednesday.

While 20 of the new cases were reported from East District, one came from West District and 12 from South Sikkim.

On the other hand, the number of discharged Covid patients further improved to 4,877. There are now 306 active cases in the State, of whom three are currently in the ICU facility of the COVID-dedicated STNM Hospital.

The 33 new cases were picked up from testing of 287 samples on Tuesday - 28 cases detected in RT-PCR testing of 240 samples and five via rapid antigen testing of 30 samples. None of the 17 samples screened by TruNat returned positive.

Among the new cases are a person from Upper Tareythang, Pakyong and two from Near Soureni School, Assam Lingzey in East District. A staff member of Samman Bhawan has also tested positive but could not be contacted over phone.

Likewise, new cases reported from in and around the capital include three persons form Development Area, two from Upper Shyari, two from 6th Mile-Tadong, one from near Tamang Gumpa in Sichey, one from Tibet Road, another also from Tibet Road but presently stationed at Siliguri, one from the DPH area, one from Tathangchen and one from helipad road in Lower Burtuk.

Among the ten persons who tested positive in South District are three from Namchi, five from Namchi Jail, two from Pipaley, one from Sorok, one from Rong and one from Sangmu Gangla, while one person from Tashiding and one form Simlick Soreng have tested positive in West Sikkim.

Similarly, one person from near Loop Garden, Kabi in North District has also tested positive but the testing was done in East District.