East district now has 582 cases, West district has 42, South district has 204 cases, and North district has only 1

Gangtok: Twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases were detected in Sikkim on Thursday, taking the state tally to 829 with 445 active cases. So far, 353 COVID positive patients have been discharged.

East district reported 27 new cases with a cumulative figure of 582 cases, West district reported no new case with cumulative being 42, and South District reported two new cases with total count at 204 cases. North District’s total cases stand at one with no new cases.

Health Director-General Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia said, “Among the new cases, 27 have been reported in RT-PCR out of 346 tests conducted while other two in Rapid Antigen testing out of 80. While, six samples tested in TrueNat were all reported negative.”

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While giving the breakdown of the cases, 19 positive patients reported in RT-PCR testing are from 112 samples tested in Chanatar near Rangpo. Three contacts of Bojoghari in Gangtok test positive, two from TNA Colony and one is a roommate of recently reported positive IRB personnel. Two reported from South Sikkim are from Mankind Pharmaceutical company.

Two returnees tested positive in Rangpo check post of 52 samples tested in Rapid Antigen testing at the State border.

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He informed that a vehicle with SSB personnel had been returned to Siliguri for week-long quarantine as two samples tested positive from the team.

Dr Bhutia further informed that dialysis is going to start in the first phase from coming Monday in District Hospital of Gyalshing.

“Returnees will start coming on Saturday who will be tested with Rapid Antigen testing for COVID-19, and negative patients would be shifted to TB hospital in Gyalshing, but they have to travel themselves. The first batch patients would be chosen as per the age and co-morbidities of the patients”, stated Dr Bhutia.

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