Sikkim reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, state’s active tally at 380

Sikkim reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, state’s active tally at 380

Gangtok, July 27: According to the daily Health Bulletin by Director General cum Health Secretary Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, Sikkim’s total cases now stand at 555, while active cases have reached 380 after 174 patients were cured and discharged and one death.

East district reported 10 new cases and stands at 389 cases; West district reported no new case and stands with a total of 41 and likewise, South District reported no new cases and it’s cumulative total to 123. North District is the only area with one case. 

Further, he informed that among the new cases, five have been reported via Rapid Antigen testing, while the other five through RT-PCR out of 363 samples. He added that all 50 tests conducted via TrueNat resulted negative.

While giving a breakdown of the cases, Dr Bhutia said that among the five positive patients reported in RT-PCR testing, four are primary contacts from Bojoghari of the positive patients from Arithang in Gangtok.

Another one patient is a resident of Sichey, who is also a primary contact from the funeral at Rangpo, whose mother is already reported positive and is admitted.

In Rangpo, 11 samples were tested out of which six were returnees and among them, one reported positive and has been shifted to Paljor Stadium isolation centre. Four contacts of the death ceremony at Chanatar reported among the five samples tested who has been shifted to Himalayan Pharmacy Boys’ Hostel of Mazitar.

Dr Bhutia informed that six tests were conducted in Rongli, one in Pakyong and two in Duga which all resulted negative.

He also clarified that the positive case from Samdong was reported wrongly due to miscommunication. It was originally from Bojoghari but the sample was collected by the Primary Health Centre of Samdong.

Dr Bhutia informed that 10 patients has been admitted in the isolation centre and four patients are currently admitted in ICU facility.

On Sunday 26 patients were discharged after recovery and one patient died.
He explained the difference between primary and secondary contacts of the COVID-19 positive patients as well as requested people to stay at home, follow guidelines for everyone’s safety.