Sikkim reports 24 new cases, state’s active COVID-19 tally at 392

Sikkim reports 24 new cases, state’s active COVID-19 tally at 392

Gangtok, July 28: According to the daily Health Bulletin by Director General cum Health Secretary Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, Sikkim’s total cases now stand at 579, while active cases have reached 392 after 186 patients were cured and discharged and one reported death.

East district reported all eight new cases and a cumulative 397 cases; the West district reported no new case and the number stands at 41; the South District reported 16 new cases, bringing the total number of their cases to 139. North District has reported no new cases. 

Out of 141 samples in the Rapid Antigen tests conducted, one reported positive, while the other 23 were reported via RT-PCR tests.

While giving the breakdown of the cases, Dr Bhutia said that among the 23 positive patients via RT-PCR testing, three reported from District Hospital, Singtam who are the contacts of the police personnel who had reported positive earlier. Among the three, one is male and the other two are females.

Another two were Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel from Rey in East Sikkim and two from the GREF isolation centre in Rongli, East Sikkim.

16 positive cases were reported from Mamring, South Sikkim, whose samples were collected by District Hospital of Namchi.

In Singtam 21 tests were conducted, 12 from Flu clinic of District Hospital Singtam and nine from contact tracing by Rapid Antigen testing out of which one positive case was reported of a Lab Technician of the hospital and is a contact of an electrician who had earlier tested positive.

In a high-level task force meeting chaired by Chief Minister PS Tamang on Monday, a new Standard Operating Procedure has been formed for home quarantined asymptomatic positive patients, where health workers would check the isolation facility of the patients directly at their residences.

He also said asymptomatic positive patients with comorbidities will not be directed for home quarantining and they have to undergo compulsive admission in a COVID-19 dedicated hospital.

Dr Bhutia also clarified that the positive patients of the Emergency ward of Central Referral Hospital, Manipal is recovering. Currently, there are three patients in ICU of New STNM Hospital, Sochyakgang.