Health Secretary confirms 4 new COVID-19 positive cases; tally reaches 54 cases now in the State

Health Secretary confirms 4 new COVID-19 positive cases; tally reaches 54 cases now in the State

Gangtok, June 9: The Director-General cum Health Secretary Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia on Thursday, through his daily Health Bulletin, informed that 4 more cases have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the State on Tuesday night bringing the tally of active cases to 54. All 4 cases hail from South Sikkim and contact tracing for has begun for those who came in contact with them. He went on to disclose further information on the 4 new cases

  • The patient is a 30-year-old female who was being quarantined at a paid facility at Old Namchi, hailing from Ghurpisey, and had travel history from Delhi.
  • Three other patients were quarantined at SICB, Karfector in facility quarantine- 22 -year-old female from Namchi who travel history from Siliguri.
  • A 10-year-old female who had travel history from Kolkata and was travelling in the same from Siliguri as the 22-year old female patient mentioned above.
  • 26-year-old female patient with ravel history from Mumbai in a bike up till Siliguri from where she boarded a taxi vehicle to enter the State.

Dr. Pempa informed that all 4 new cases were asymptomatic and were detected due to routine testing at the quarantine facilities. The Government has been bearing the cost of the testing even though it costs up to Rs. 3000-4000.

In addition, he advised the returnees to be mentally prepared while returning home and for those who have been sent for home quarantine, he has requested that they follow the protocols properly not just for themselves and their families but for the State as well. He has further assured that stringent checking has been taking place at State borders and facility quarantine are taking place and the dialysis unit at Geyzing Hospital is under preparation with the operators being made to undergo training.

While 29 COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged, the State has now had a total of 83 cases with 54 being active cases. India’s total cases have reached to 461,828 cases with 14,577 deaths and is now ranked 4th on the list of countries worst affected by the pandemic worldwide.