Health Secretary confirms 2 new COVID-19 positive cases; current tally at 46

Health Secretary confirms 2 new COVID-19 positive cases; current tally at 46

Gangtok, June 9: The Director-General cum Health Secretary Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia on Wednesday, through his daily Health Bulletin, informed that two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state which brings the tally of active cases to 46. Dr. Pempa went on to disclose further information on the new cases:

One patient is a 21-tear-old female with travel history from Bihar and had entered Sikkim on June 12. She was quarantined at a government facility at SICB Karfectar. The patient upon testing positive has been transferred to a government isolation facility at Samdruptse, where there are now 9 patients.

The second patient is a GREF worker who along with four other GREF workers had returned to their work base near Gangtok in a transit bus on June 15. Dr. Pempa has informed that while the tests of the two GREF workers who travelled with the confirmed patient have tested negative, the third person has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed at the STNM Hospital’s COVID-19 isolation ward.

Contact tracing of both patients has begun and since the GREF workers were in direct contact with the driver of the GREF bus and a nurse, they have also been put under quarantine and testing will be conducted after they duo finish seven days of quarantine.

While 39 COVID-19 patients in the State have recovered and have been discharged from the COVID-19 wing of STNM Hospital and Geyzing’s Ayush Hospital the current number of active cases has now changed to 46.

India still ranks 4th in the countries most affected by the pandemic with 190,654 active cases and 15,319 deaths so far, while the total number of people who recovered are 286,019.