Sikkim records 54 new Covid cases,only 14 of whom are tourists

Summit Report

Gangtok, 11 Apr: Sikkim registered a single-day surge of 54 new cases of novel coronavirus today taking the total number of active cases in the State to 169. These cases were picked up in the testing of 323 samples on Saturday. Meanwhile, the number of recovered cases has inched up to 5,983 with only one new recovery in the State. Sikkim’s tally of the confirmed cases reported so far now stands at 6,405.

In his daily health bulletin on Sunday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia

informed that while 52 of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 303 samples, two more were found in rapid antigen testing of 20 samples. Among the cases reported from in and around the

capital, there is a staff of Tashi Namgyal Academy [a primary contact], one person from Arithang, one from DPH, one from Lingding, one from VIP colony, one near old STNM hospital, one from Development Area, one from Middle Tadong, one from Lower MG Marg, one from Lower Shyari, one from Baha’i School Road and one from Sichey. Likewise, four people from Mamring, three from NHPC, one person from Luing Road-Thamidara, one from Pachey, one from Duga, one from Reshi, one from Rangpo, another from the NHPC colony-Baluwatar, one from Singtam, one from below the SSB camp at

Ranipool and one from Adampool in East District also tested positive for COVID-19. Elsewhere, a person from Yangyang, Namphok and one from Chanday, Mangan have also been found COVID-19 positive. Mr Bhutia informs that two Army personnel have also tested positive and are following

the COVID protocol of the Army. Meanwhile, a class X student of Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School has also tested positive for COVID-19 but remains traceable on the phone number provided by him. Similarly, a 23-year-old male from 5th Mile- Tadong, a 29-year-old man from Lower Daragaon, a

58-years-old male from Rangang, a 55-year-old lady from Rabongla, a 24-year-old man, who has given address as “Manipal student,” and two persons who have given the Culture Department as their address have also tested positive but could not be contacted over the phone numbers provided by them. The IEC officer has urged them to immediately contact the concerned authorities. While providing details of tourists who have tested positive in Sikkim, Mr Bhutia informs that two tourists checked into a hotel in Development Area and two tourists from Rajasthan from a hotel near PNG School have tested positive and their rooms been contained. He added that two tourists from Maharashtra, two from Kolkata and another two from Bangalore have tested positive but were not responding to phone calls made by the contact tracing teams. He added that a tourist from Gujarat was also ignoring phone calls from the Department. He added that three tourists were also not picking up their phones and what is more, they were not found booked at the hotel they claimed to have been staying in. On the other hand, a total of 2,662 persons were vaccinated for COVID-19 at different parts of Sikkim on Saturday. Of there, 2,440 persons received their first dose of the vaccine and 222 completed their vaccine schedule with the second shot. Category-wise, 24 healthcare workers [01 first dose & 23 second dose], 161 frontline workers [22 first dose & 139 second dose] and 2,477 persons in age group of 45 years & above [2417 first dose and 60 second dose] have vaccinated for COVID-19.