Test Positivity Rate drops to 8.85%

Test Positivity Rate drops to 8.85%

SIKKIM SETS NEW RECORD ON NUMBER OF CO VID TESTS CONDUCTED IN A DAY

SAGAR CHHETRI

Gangtok, 04 Jun: The State Government’s focus on ramping up testing was proven today with

the official daily report on the Covid situation reporting that a staggering 3,986 samples, the highest number thus far, were screened for Novel Coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 8AM Friday. Much as this energy helps detect cases early even in asymptomatic people, it also brings relief even if the overall number is high. This record number of testing, for instance, returned 353 positive cases, but when put in perspective, this gives the State a Test Positive Rate of 8.85%, a substantial drop from the above 0%

TPR Sikkim was recording just last week.This drop in TPR, however, comes tempered with information

that Covid-deaths continue to hit families here and over the same 24 hour period, three more Covid patients succumbed to the virus. The State has now lost 266 lives to Covid. While one of new deaths was reported from STNM Hospital, two Covid patients breathed their last at Central Referral Hospital, Tadong. Meanwhile, Sikkim tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 16,518. Sikkim’s count of recovered cases has also further improved to 11,766 and the discharge of 262 more people from home isolation after they made full recoveries. There are currently 4,250 active case of Covid in the State, of whom 4,209 are in facility or home isolation, suggesting that do not have symptoms severe enough to

require hospitalisation. At present, there 214 Covid patients admitted in hospitals, 28 of whom are in

ICU. Against the more than 350 new cases, only 19 more people were admitted to hospital even as 17 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals and into home isolation after their symptoms responded to medical intervention. Out of the 353 new infections, 177 were registered in East District, 104 in West District, 65 in South District and seven in North District. 148 of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 843 samples, while 204 persons were found positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing of 3,142 samples and one more case was picked up in TruNat testing.