Health Secretary announces 5 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Sikkim’s total to 63

Health Secretary announces 5 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Sikkim’s total to 63

Gangtok, June 14: Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia, Director General cum Health Secretary through his daily Health Bulletin informed of 5 new cases in the state, bringing Sikkim’s total number of active cases to 63.

Dr. Pemba disclosed additional information on the new cases:

  1. The first patient is a 33-year-old with travel history from Bihar and was quarantined at Paljor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School (PNGSS), and is asymptomatic
  2. The second patient is a 32-year-old with travel history from Siliguri and was quarantined at Sundar Resort and Spa, Rongpo, 
  3. The other three patients who travelled on the same bus had travel history from Siliguri and were quarantined at SC Bhawan, Tashiding. Their co-passengers have tested negative. There are currently 18 people quarantined at SC Bhawan, Tashiding and all have tested negative and the quarantine facility has been turned into a containment zone. All 5 patients were shifted to the STNM Hospital’s COVID-19 Wing.

Further, he has informed that the 12 bus drivers’ swab samples have been taken and sent for testing. Also due to most cases arising from South Sikkim, the swab samples of all frontline warriors including the healthcare workers, law and order authority, all staff from the SDM’s office working at the Melli Check Post, which amounted to 190 people have been sent for testing.

All frontline warriors stationed at the border are undergoing routine tests, he says. It was also informed by him that now out of the 63 cases, 9 of them are in the Triage Facility at STNM Hospital, while 47 are in isolation and 16 are at Geyzing’s Ayush Hospital.

“Although there are now 63 cases, we cannot panic, all patients are admitted in the hospital, and more importantly just yesterday we were able to discharge two people who recovered. The public will have to work with us to avoid community transmission, hence everyone will have to stay home and maintain home quarantine, social distancing and face masks.

If everyone follows this, the Health Department would also be able to tackle small cases, but if the public were to be careless and the disease was to move on to community transmission, even we cannot do anything,” warns Dr. Pempa.