Total number of active COVID-19 cases in Sikkim now stands at 54 Credit: Representational Image

Gangtok: Five new COVID-19 positive cases, including an Indian Army soldier, have been identified in Sikkim, taking the state’s tally to 83, including 54 active cases, on Wednesday morning.

While the personal details and the information relating to travel history of four persons are yet to be ascertained, the fifth person has been identified as a resident of South Sikkim, state health director general and secretary, Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, said.

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The health bulletin, released by the state health department, on the Indian Army person said, “The 40-year-old Army man had reached Rangpo on June 21 from Kolkata. He had earlier been posted in Ladakh. After developing frostbites, he was sent to Kolkata’s Army Hospital for treatment. He had tested positive some 10 days ago and upon re-test, he was found to be negative. He was then discharged and made his way towards Sikkim. But, the screening team at Rangpo found that he was discharged after completion of RT PCR test only.”

The state health department in Sikkim is committed towards maintaining its double-testing protocol, which is carried out within 24 hours prior to the discharge of patients, it added.

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When the Rangpo screening team learned that the Army man was released after only one test, the medical officer deployed at Rangpo sent him to STNM Hospital for double testing.

“The results of tests at STNM, which were carried out twice in 25 hours, revealed that the person was still COVID-19 positive. He was not in any of the quarantine facilities but having been sent directly to the hospital. He was kept under isolation and there has been no spread of the virus,” the bulletin added.

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