GANGTOK: A six-day old baby succumbed to COVID-19 in Sikkim on Friday after being admitted at the Central Referral Hospital (CRH).

Doctors said the baby was born at the Namchi District Hospital and was referred to CRH six days ago. They said the baby’s mother, who hails from Saddam in South Sikkim, had tested negative for COVID-19.

The baby’s death was recorded on Friday among the two COVID-19 deaths at the CRH.

CRH Medical Superintendent Dr. Yogesh Verma said, “The six-day-old baby died of COVID-19. She was admitted 6 days ago, after her birth at the Namchi District Hospital. She was kept in the SICU for 6 days, but unfortunately died this morning.”

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Sikkim on Friday recorded its highest spike in COVID-19 cases so far as 420 more persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With this, the COVID-19 caseload in the Himalayan state has spiked to 14,634.

There are currently 3,794 active cases in the state.

Eighty-five monks from the Rumtek Monastery were among the 420 fresh COVID-19 cases reported on Friday. Rumtek Monastery, also called the Dharma Chakra Centre, is a gompa located on hillock overlooking state capital Gangtok.

The 85 monks tested positive from 219 RT-PCR tests that were conducted at the monastery. The development came a day after 122 monks tested positive for the coronavirus at Nyingma Institute in Lingtam, Martam, 4.5 km from Rumtek Monastery.

On Friday, three fatalities were recorded in the state, of which two were from Central Referral Hospital (CRH) and one from STNM Hospital, taking the total death toll in the to 182 deaths so far.

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