Sikkim records its highest daily spike with 108 new COVID-19 cases: Health Secretary

Sikkim records its highest daily spike with 108 new COVID-19 cases: Health Secretary

Gangtok, July 22: According to the Daily Health Bulletin by Director General cum Health Secretary Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, the state today reported its highest spike in COVID-19 cases, with 108 fresh patients. The total number of cases now stands at 438, while active cases have reached 326.

The East district reported 61 new cases and a cumulative 316 cases; West district reported one new case and cumulative 30; South District reported 46 new cases and cumulative 91 cases and North district’s total cases stand at one with no new cases reported. 

Further, Dr Bhutia informed that via Rapid Antigen testing, out of 1368 tests conducted, 102 tested positive while the other six were found through RT-PCR out of a collective 515 tests conducted. He said that 37 samples were tested in TrueNat which all reported negative.

While giving a breakdown of the cases reported, Dr Bhutia said that five patients reported as positive in RT-PCR testing are of Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel of Sang, East Sikkim and one is a primary contact from Timburbong, West Sikkim.

In Rangpo, East 48 returnees were tested with Rapid Antigen Testing of which all resulted negative, other 80 primary contacts were also tested of which 19 reported positive. 70 other primary contacts were tested in Chanatar near Rangpo of which 33 reported positive.

All the positive patients from Rangpo and Chanatar area have already been shifted to the isolation centre of Himalayan Pharmacy Boys’ Hostel of Mazitar. Dr Bhutia said 52 cases reported from Rangpo itself.

In Mamring, South Sikkim 345 tests were conducted of which 37 reported positive. Dr Bhutia also informed that the nine positive cases of 19th July have also been reported on Tuesday’s report due to which in total 46 cases reported from South Sikkim who all have been shifted to SICUN. In Rongli and Dalapchen 405 tests were conducted of which the only one reported positive.

Similarly, in Rhenock, 169 tests were conducted which all resulted negative and in Singtam, three reported positive out of 38 samples taken for Rapid Antigen testing. One of the three is an electrician from Singtam District hospital due to which all the health workers of the hospital would be tested.

Dr Bhutia informed that Rapid Antigen testing kit is being used in huge numbers but now the department will try to conduct testing in TrueNat or RT-PCR as Rapid Antigen testing kits need to keep for emergency purpose.
He also informed that the state has requested more kits but they are unsure of getting.

Dr Bhutia informed that all the positive asymptomatic patients are being kept under the doctors of Primary Health Centres and positive patients are being admitted in their district itself.