Gangtok: Sikkim records three COVID related deaths in a single day on Friday, taking the casualties in the state to 11.
Among the three, two casualties have been recorded from the bustling Lal Bazaar area while the rest is from the state capital here. The first casualty was a 68-year-old female from Lal Bazaar area who succumbed to co-morbidity of renal concerns undergoing dialysis at STNM. The deceased was initially admitted at Central Referral Hospital, where she had tested positive on Rapid Antigen Testing on September 1.
Another Lal Bazaar resident, a 69-year-old male, was brought to the Central Referral who was brought dead to the hospital. The deceased had tested positive on Rapid Antigen Testing around 9 am.
Third casualty of the day was at 5:30 pm at STNM Hospital who was an 85-year-old male from Arithang in Gangtok periphery. He was a primary contact of another COVID positive patient.
A patient from Lower MG Marg, identified as a 41-year-old male, has gone untraceable, with his cellphone going unanswered, leading to the state health department seeking help from NGOs, to trace the patient.
A total of 17 COVID positive cases were recorded on Friday with eight being from the Gangtok surrounding areas – one each from Metro Point in 5th Mile area, Police Reserve Lines Colony below Paljor Stadium, Upper Syari, four from Arithang area with 3 being primary contact of a previous COVID positive case. Arithang has been identified as another hotspot in the Gangtok area.
A case was recorded from Majhi Gaon and while another patient from Mamring in South Sikkim had reported COVID positive from Singtam District Hospital, with the latter being tested on RAT. Another patient from Nam Nang, near MG Marg had tested positive on Truenat sampling.
Four other COVID positive cases were recorded from Namchi Girls School Quarantine Facility, all of whom are IRB personnel. Another patient from Naya Bazaar in West Sikkim had tested positive on RAT at Namchi district hospital.
So far, Sikkim has conducted 44,520 COVID tests, of which 2,026 have tested positive with 532 active cases, altogether 1,486 discharged and now 11 casualties.