Sikkim's Covid count goes past 30K, toll rises to 371

Summit Report

Gangtok, 02 Sept:

Sikkim’s tally of the confirmed Covid cases crossed the 30,000-mark today and now stand at 30,025 with 71 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. These new cases returned positive from the testing of 796 samples on Wednesday giving the state a daily test positivity rate of 8.9%.

Also over the same 24 hours, the state lost one more life to the virus at Central Referral Hospital taking the COVID death toll to 371. This is the second COVID death this week after one COVID death was reported on Monday. As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 in Sikkim issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department, while 38 people tested positive in RT-PCR testing of 402 samples yesterday, another 33 cases were picked up in rapid antigen testing of 393 samples.

Of the 71 new cases, 36 were registered in East District, 20 in West District, 13 in South District and 02 in North District. On the other hand, 54 more people were discharged from home and facility isolation on Wednesday after making full recoveries. This is after a long while that the number of daily recoveries have come in lower than new cases, but this is primarily because infections have been coming down for over a fortnight and since most Covid-positive people are usually required to stay 11 days in isolation, if infections that many days back was lower, so will the number of recoveries now.

The number of overall recovered Covid cases now stands at 28,316.

There are currently 1,055 active Covid cases in the State, of whom only 63 are with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalisation and only seven of the admitted Covid patients are under 18 years of age. In the past 24 hours, five more COVID patients were hospitalised.

Of those in hospital, 10 are currently admitted in ICU facilities at STNM Hospital and CRH.

Meanwhile, 1,028 doses of Covishield were administered in Sikkim yesterday - 480 people receiving their first shot while 548 others completing their vaccine schedule with the second jab.

While 94.86% of the adult population has received at least the first shot of the vaccine, 34.36% of the eligible population in Sikkim is now fully vaccinated.