The third wave might be over, but Covid continues to claim lives in Sikkim

Summit Report

Gangtok, 24 Feb:

The third wave of Covid-19 has ended in Sikkim, but the virus continues to remind all that its potential to claim lives, which might have dimmed, has still not been contained. This reminder for Sikkim was delivered on Wednesday morning with the passing away of a 56-year-old male recorded at STNM Hospital here. This was the 442nd Covid death recorded in the State since the first life was lost to the virus here on 26 July, 2020.

Since the third wave began in Sikkim [which this newspaper takes as having begun on 08 Jan, 2022], this is the 33rd Covid death here. The last Covid death in Sikkim was recorded on 19 Feb when the death of a 22-year-old was recorded at STNM Hospital.

As for the new cases recorded here today, the 04 samples which returned positive from the screening of 267 samples might be one more than the three recorded on 03 Jan earlier this year [the record for lowest number of new cases thus far this year], today's daily test positivity rate of 1.5% is the lowest daily TPR recorded in 2022.

What is more, the past 24 hours were also the first time since 03 Jan that hospitals saw no new admission of Covid patients.

As per the Daily Report of Covid-19 in Sikkim issued by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of Health Department, with 15 Covid patients making full recoveries yesterday, there are now 81 active cases of Covid in the State at present, 10 of whom are admitted in hospital and the rest on their way to recovery under home isolation.

Significantly, only one of these 81 Covid-positive people has manifested severe symptoms while three others have moderate symptoms and 77 are either asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms.

Meanwhile, of those in hospital, only one is in the ICU.

Of the 4 new cases, three were detected in rapid antigen testing of 129 samples and one in RT-PCR screening of 138 samples yesterday. One of the new cases was recorded in East Sikkim, another in West and two in South district.

The low proportion of severe infections can be credited to the extensive vaccination undertaken in Sikkim where nearly 95% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated with both doses of Covishiled while 51% of those aged between 15-18 have already taken both shots of Covaxin.

Yesterday, 855 more children aged between 15 to 18 years completed their vaccination schedule with the second dose of Covaxin and 99 received their first jabs.

The numbers were much lower in the adult population with only 31 more completing their vaccination schedule and 16 getting their first dose.