Sikkim records 19th COVID death Credit: Representational image

GANGTOK: Sikkim recorded its 19th COVID fatality on Tuesday with a 41-year-old woman from Upper Sichey in Gangtok dying of COVID related co-morbidity at STNM Hospital. The patient expired around 4:26 am and had co-morbidities as she was undergoing dialysis and had hypertension and diabetes.

On July 26, Sikkim recorded it’s first COVID fatality. On August 18 and 19, the second and third fatalities were recorded. Since September 1 the fatalities have increased multiple times.

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In 15 days, a whopping 16 COVID deaths have been recorded. 14 deaths reported in the last 10 days, 11 of which occurred in the last 4 days.

Most of the patients have been with co-morbidities of diabetes and hypertension, but of recent, the co-morbidity has also shifted to patients undergoing dialysis.

For long, dialysis has been a concern in the State, with an increased number of patients needing dialysis returning to the State from other parts of the country. But of recent, co-morbidities for COVID deaths have shifted to renal disorders as well.

On September 5, STNM Hospital conducted its first dialysis for a COVID positive patient. Ever since, the number of COVID casualties with co-morbidities needing dialysis has also increased.

One 42-year-old woman from Development Area who was a dialysis patient passed away on September 13 at STNM Hospital. She was admitted to STNM on September 8.

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The 16th COVID death of a 68-year-old man from Bojoghari was also dialysis patient at STNM Hospital on Sunday.

On Friday which recorded 3 deaths included a 68-year-old female from Lall Bazaar passed away at STNM Hospital’s isolation ward High Dependency Unit at around 5:30 am was also a dialysis patient.

On Tuesday, Sikkim recorded 54 COVID positive cases with 52 being from East Sikkim and 2 from South Sikkim. There are 464 active cases, with State tally now reaching 2173 COVID cases cumulatively.

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