Sikkim reports the first positive case of COVID-19

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Gangtok, April 23: Breaking Sikkim’s record of not having reported a single COVID-19 positive case, it has been confirmed by the Health Department that a returnee from Delhi who was quarantined at Ravangla has now become the state’s first case. 

It has been informed that the patient is a 25-year-old male from South Sikkim, who had travelled from New Delhi on 17th May, 2020 in a private bus till Siliguri. After reaching the city, he travelled on an SNT bus through Melli Checkpost on the 19th of May, 2020 to Ravangla. 

He began showing symptoms of the viral disease on the 21st of May and was shifted to STNM hospital the next day. The person’s sample was sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) at Siliguri for the RTPCR test once he tested positive on the TrueNAT at STNM. Currently, the doctors treating the patient report that he is in stable condition. 

The Director-General cum Secretary, Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia reported in an emergency press conference that the patient is now admitted in an isolation ward to the STNM Hospital, a dedicated COVID-19 treatment centre, in Gangtok.

Authorities have urged the public to maintain calm. The DG also informed that the patient had 11 other co-passengers on the bus (3 from the South district and 9 from the West district) who are currently under supervision at a quarantine facility centre. Any persons who had come in contact with the patient are being tested by the Health Department through the process of contact tracing, as the news reaches readers. Thorough testing and screening are in continuation at the borders. 

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