Test positivity down to 4.9% even as Covidends 4-day no death record in Sikkim


Gangtok, 20 Sept: Sikkim’s daily test positivity rate dipped to 4.9% after only 16 fresh Covid cases were

picked up from the testing of 321 samples in the State over the past 24 hours. Fewer samples are tested on Sundays when the RT-PCR labs operate on reduced loads. That said, the drop in TPR is still reassuring. Of the 16 new cases in the State, eight were registered in East District and four each in West and South districts. On a more somber note, Sikkim ended its 4-day run of no Covid deaths with a fatality recorded at the Namchi District Hospital in the past 24 hours. Sikkim’s Covid death toll currently

stands at 380. Four days without any Covid deaths is the longest Sikkim has gone in the second wave which has still not completely exited the State yet. While 10 persons tested positive in rapid antigen testing of 178 samples yesterday, five more cases were found in RT-PCR testing of 135 samples and one more in CBNAAT of eight samples. As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department this morning, Sikkim’s tally of confirmed Covid cases currently stands at 30,971. The number of active cases slid to 654 with 74 more persons getting discharged from home and facility isolation after making full recoveries. The count of recovered

Covid cases in the State has further improved to 29,630. Most of the active cases are on their way

to recovery under home or facility isolation and of the few requiring hospitalization, only four COVID patients are currently admitted in ICU facilities at STNM Hospital and Central Referral Hospital.