Sunday slowdown at RTPCR labs gives Sikkim only 4 new cases, TPR of 1.9%

Summit Report

Gangtok, 25 Oct:

Sikkim routinely begins a new week with new Covid cases coming in substantially lower than the daily average. This is because the two RTPCR laboratories in Sikkim – at STNM Hospital and at CRH – either take the Sunday off or screen much fewer cases than they usually do. This pattern held true today as well with only four of the 208 samples screened for Covid yesterday returning positive. In comparison, the State had screened 496 samples on Saturday, 32 of which had returned positive.

The unrepresentative nature of Monday’s figures notwithstanding, it is obvious that Sikkim has turned the corner on the second wave. With nearly 85% of the adult population now fully vaccinated against the virus, hospitalisations are low and fatalities have come down substantially as well.

Of the 184 active cases of Covid in the State, only 29 are with symptoms severe enough to require hospitalisation. Of these 29, only one is under 18 years of age. In the past two days, there has been only one new hospitalisation even as six patients are currently in ICU [none of whom is under-18].

Meanwhile, as per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, all four new cases were picked up in Rapid Antigen Testing of 130 samples while all 74 samples screened via RT-PCR and 4 in TruNat returned negative.

Of the four new cases, two were registered in East District, one in West District and one in South District.

There were no new Covid deaths reported in the State in the past 24 hours and the toll continues to hold at 394. The last COVID death in Sikkim was reported on 22 October.

Active cases have also come down to 181 with 23 new recoveries in the past 24 hours. The number of recovered cases crossed 31,000-mark on Monday and currently stands at 31,010 and the state boasts a recovery rate of 98.2%.

On the vaccination front, 4,100 more people completed their vaccination schedule yesterday and 84.40% of the State’s adult population is now fully vaccinated against Novel Coronavirus.