Gangtok: Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sikkim on Sunday, taking the state’s tally to 78 so far.
Of the latest eight cases, while four hail from Paljor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School quarantine facility in East Sikkim, which had recorded cases previously, four others are from South Sikkim housed as inmates in IHCAE Chemchey quarantine facility. Three of them have a history of travel to Kishanganj in Bihar while another was a returnee from Champasari, Siliguri.
In the case of the four cases from PNG quarantine facility, they have been identified as secondary contacts of previous COVID-19 caes from the quarantine facility. Three were part of a single family — 41-year-old mother, 13-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son — all of whom are residents of Daragaon, Tadong. Another patient is a 30-year-old woman from Namnang, Gangtok who was housed in the PNG quarantine since June 3.
Among the four South Sikkim positive cases, three from Kishanganj have been identified as 15-year-old, 35-year-old and 36 year old returned to the state on June 13. While one from Siliguri was a 26-year-old youth who had gone on March 12 to meet his family and returned on June 12.
With all four being Namchi residents, they have been facilitated in Samdruptse Isolation Ward. The four from East Sikkim are admitted at the STNM Hospital.
With 78 positive cases recorded in the state so far and 25 being discharged, the number of active cases has now come down to 53.
Among the 53 active cases, a two-year-old child is still positive with viral load on the baby still not coming down, informed state health director general and secretary Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia in his daily health bulletin on Sunday night.
“We had conducted an RT PCR testing on the patient, his viral load is still high hence he will have to be admitted until the load comes down. The second mother taking care of the baby after testing positive, in the isolation ward of STNM was discharged after testing negative. Now, there is another mother looking after the baby. The infant is doing fine with no complaints in a comfortable stay, the concern is on his viral load still remaining high”.
With 91 returnees coming to the State on Sunday with 50 being to East and 41 to South Sikkim, Dr. Bhutia inclined towards a decrease in the number of returnees and substantial decrease in number of cases to follow. “So far the severity is less on the cases, they are asymptomatic and even if they have to stay for a month, we are not discharging them from the Hospital. There is no panicky situation in the State, it will arise only when there is shortage of beds, Oxygen supply, ventilators, PPE suits for the healthcare workers but we have sufficient beds. We have also opted in keeping patients from other districts in the isolation wards in the districts, as they are all asymptomatic. We are keeping intact for severe patients with adequate logistics and medicine supply”.