Gangtok: Sikkim reported four more cases of COVID-19 on Saturday evening, taking the total tally to seven in the state.
Of the four new patients, one is a nephew of the second positive case. He is a Delhi returnee and was stayinngg in the Mining quarantine facility. He had since been shifted to Farmer’s Hostel quarantine facility in Sokeythang near STNM Hospital. However, since he was in contact with 27 others, all their samples will be tested on Sunday.
The patient is a 21-year old youth from Namdok in East Sikkim.
The second new case is a Maharashtra returnee, identified as a 22-year-old male, who was a contact of the third positive patient of Sikkim. He was in the Triage faciliity of STNM Hospital, being a primary contact of the Maharashtra returnee.
According to sources in the hospital, the patient had mild fever and seemed symtomatic. He was previously taking treatment for typhoid in Mumbai, and the same has been ruled out by STNM so far and taken as COVID positive.
The other two patients are from South Sikkim, who had completed 14 days of quarantine in Kamrang Boys Hostel inn South Sikkim.
Both are female; while one is a 29-year-old, the other is 37 years old.
These patients had their samples sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital viral testing lab, but with NBMCH facing a backlog of samples, the tests could not be done earlier. The same came through to the state health department only on Saturday.
One patient had a travel history to Orissa and had 14 primary contacts since her journey from that state, with eight being in the bus from Orissa and six from the SNT bus in Siliguri.
The patient from Kamrang had a travel history to Hakimpara in Siliguri. She has 16 primary contacts, who will all be tested.
Meanwhile, even though the first COVID patient of Sikkim — a 25-year-old Delhi returnee — is asymptomatic and was set to complete his 14 days’ quarantine, his treatment has been extended by two-four days until another round of test since his test results before his discharge still showed him to be positive, said health director general Dr Pempa T Bhutia during his daily health bulletin over social media on Saturday evening.