Health Secretary reports 45 new cases, Sikkim crosses 500 mark on collective cases

Health Secretary reports 45 new cases, Sikkim crosses 500 mark on collective cases

Gangtok, July 26: As per today’s Health Bulletin issued by DG cum Secretary Health Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia, 45 new cases have been reported in the State in the past 24 hours.

Total Cured and Discharged = 148
Total Active Cases = 397
Cumulative Total = 545

It was informed that a total of 40 positive cases were reported on RTPCR, while 5 cases were reported on Rapid Antigen. Additionally, 7 ITBP personnel tested positive on Rapid Antigen, and they were immediately sent back from Rangpo to their quarantine facility in Siliguri. Hence these 7 cases will be reported as Migrated out and will not be considered in the Covid-19 count in the State.

Break-up of Positive cases on RTPCR is as follows:

  • 30 cases from among contacts of Zydus Wellness Company in Mamring, South Sikkim.
  • 1 from Jorethang (linked to Timburbong case).
  • 4 cases from Bojoghari in Gangtok (linked to Arithang/Bojoghari vegetable vendor case).
  • 3 from Singtam (catering staff linked to Chanatar case).
  • 1 from Rhenock (family member of a positive case).
  • 1 from Samdong (primary contact of Arithang/Bojoghari vegetable vendor).

Break-up of Rapid Antigen Test is as follows:

  • 1 from Rongli (death case)
  • 4 from Majhigaon Rangpo (linked to Chanatar case). These four persons have been shifted to the Isolation facility at Himalayan Pharmacy Boys’ Hostel, Majhitar.
  • 7 ITBP jawans (migrated out).

The DG-cum-Secretary provided details of the first Covid-19 death that occurred this morning at STNM Hospital. He informed that the last rites were performed by GMC as per the Standard Operating Procedure prescribed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The DG-cum-Secretary reiterated that the 24 year old female from Rhenock who passed away in STNM Hospital last night had been admitted in the Suspect Ward of the Covid-19 wing on 24th July as she had complained of breathlessness. Coming from a containment zone, it was imperative for the Hospital administration to admit her in Covid-19 suspect ward and not in any other General Ward.

Dr. Bhutia informed that her condition worsened on the evening of 25th July and later she succumbed to her illness. Immediately, her sample was drawn and RTPCR test was performed. While there was much confusion and ambiguity surrounding her death, her test result arrived late afternoon today and she was reported to be Covid-19 Negative.

The DG-cum-Secretary further informed that since she tested negative for Covid-19, the decision regarding her last rites would rest with her family members and guardians. He informed that the Hospital would complete all the required formalities and hand over the body to the police and the family members for safe disposal as per their custom.