Test positivity rate stays low, Sikkim goes two days without any Covid deaths

Summit Report

Gangtok, 10 Feb:

Lending credence to the State Government's move to lift Covid travel restrictions, the numbers came in low and Sikkim today went two consecutive days without any Covid deaths. And it is not just the absolute numbers, even the test positivity rate stayed low today with the 43 new cases picked up from the screening of 1,108 samples at a daily test positivity rate of 3.9%.

With these 43 new cases, Sikkim's cumulative count of positive cases since testing began on 28 Feb, 2020, has reached 38,868. These cases were picked up from a total of 3.20 lakh samples screened in the past two years.

As for today's Covid numbers, as per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department, over the same 24 hours, 72 Covid patients made full recoveries and were discharged from home isolation to take the total number of recovered cases here to 37,148, giving Sikkim a current recovery rate of 97.4%.

Meanwhile, with no Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, the cumulative toll continues to hold at 437 while the toll in the third wave is 28.

Of the 43 new cases, 31 were recorded in East district from 608 samples, 11 in West from 360, one in North from seven samples, and significantly, none in South Sikkim from the 133 samples screened yesterday.

The cases are evenly divided between RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing with 22 of the 135 samples screened by RT-PCR returning positive while Rapid Antigen Testing of 972 samples gave 21 new cases.

Of the 541 active cases in the State at present, 511 are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, 14 have moderate symptoms and 16 have presented severe symptoms.

Daily new hospitalisations, which had remained below 10 since 06 Feb, came in at 9 today while simultaneously, while five Covid patients were discharged from hospital over the same period and sent to home isolation after their symptoms were brought under control.

There are currently 59 Covid patients in hospital at present, 16 of whom are in ICU.

On the vaccination front, while 94.67% of the State's adult population has received both doses of Covishield. Of the 15 to 18 year olds, 20.10% have received both doses of Covaxin. Significantly, only 79.48% in this age-group has received the first dose thus far even as the second-dose segment has also crossed 20%.

As for the booster dose available for health-workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years of age, 29,615 of them have received this precaution dose thus far.