Sunday reprieve brings daily new cases down to 26, but Covid claims two more lives

SUMMIT REPORT

Gangtok, 23 Aug: Sikkim entered a new week with a substantial drop in daily new cases of Covid-19

with only 26 people testing positive in the last 24 hours. Although the State has been recording

fewer cases of late, today's low numbers are also because the RT-PCR labs work on much reduced capacity on Sundays. The 26 new cases, for instance, were picked up from the screening of 425 samples on Sunday, nearly half of what the State has been averaging on weekdays. The test positivity rate was down to 6.1% today. Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has now reached 29,340.

Today was also a sombre start to the week with news arriving of Covid having claimed two more lives in the State. These Covid deaths in the past 24 hours were reported from STNM Hospital, taking Sikkim's

Covid toll to 367. As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 in Sikkim issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, while 20 people =tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing of 209 samples, five more cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 206 samples

and one was reported in TruNat testing of 10 samples. Out of the 26 new cases, seven were reported in East District, 15 in West District, four in South District and three in North District. Meanwhile, Sikkim

continues to record more recoveries than new cases and in the past 24 hours, 99 more people were discharged from home and facility isolation on Sunday after making full recoveries. Thus far, 27,185 people have made full recoveries in the State. There are currently 1,507 active Covid cases in the State, of whom 14 are currently admitted in ICU facilities of STNM hospital and Central Referral Hospital.