Stressful weekend gives Sikkim record surge and two more deaths

Gangtok, 02 May: The number of active cases of novel coronavirus in Sikkim now stands at 1,808 with 489 new cases reported here in the last two days - Saturday and Sunday. In fact, on Saturday, the State

set a new record when it comes to daily cases when in the preceding 24 hours it detected 259 cases. The number calmed down slightly on Sunday when 230 new cases were reported. Also over the weekend, two more lives were lost to the virus and the Covid death toll here now stands at 149. Of the 230 new cases reported on Sunday, 143 are from East District, 26 from West District, 59 from South and

three from North Sikkim. These cases were picked up from the testing of 799 samples collected on Saturday - 182 detected in RT-PCR testing of 628 samples, 08 through CBNAAT testing of 18 samples

and 40 in the rapid antigen testing of 153 samples. 19 Covid patients were admitted to hospital today.

There are currently eight people admitted in the ICU facility of STNM Hospital. Of the 1,808 active cases, only 119 are currently in hospital - 92 at STNM Hospital, 08 at Mangan District Hospital and 19 at CRH-Tadong. In the meanwhile, Sikkim has recorded its 149th COVID-related death when one more

Covid-positive person passed away at Central Referral Hospital, Tadong. On Saturday, a 26-year-old lady from Saramsa, Ranipool, in East District succumbed to coronavirus. It is informed that she was

brought to STNM Hospital with high fever. On the other hand, the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Sikkim has shown some improvement with the release of 68 more persons from home isolation

after completing their isolation period. Meanwhile, Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has now reached 8441. Earlier on Saturday, Sikkim had recorded its highest ever daily surge with 259 new cases. Out of these 259 cases, 195 were reported in East District, 22 in West District, 32 in South District and 10 in North District. Also the same day, 41 people were discharged from home isolation

after completing their isolation period to further improve the figure of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Sikkim to 6,236.