Gangtok: Sikkim on Thursday recorded nine more COVID-19 deaths — the highest daily spike so far — taking the total number of fatalities in the state to 192.

While eight deaths were reported at STNM Hospital, one was recorded at Central Referral Hospital (CRH).

All the nine deceased patients were admitted to hospitals within this month. Only one of them didn’t have any co-morbidity. Five of them had been administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

As many as 45 people have died of COVID-19 in the state so far in May. Of these, 23 deaths were reported in the past three days.

With the 231 new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday, the number of active cases in the state has now gone up to 2,946. While 221 patients are admitted in COVID-19 hospitals, 137 are in STNM, 69 in CRH and 15 in Mangan District Hospital.

While 16 patients are in the ICU at STNM Hospital, 10 are in ICU at CRH.

As many as 38 patients are admitted in the five COVID-19 care centers, while 21 are in the four paid quarantine centres. Up to 2,586 patients are currently in home isolation, 1,868 of whom are in East Sikkim alone.

While 271 new patients opted for home isolation, it remains unclear how many of them were COVID-19 positive.

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Among the 231 new cases, East Sikkim accounted for 134 cases, taking the district’s tally to 7,883 cases. South Sikkim witnessed 79 new cases, taking the district’s tally to 1,672. In West Sikkim, 14 new cases were recorded, taking the district’s tally to 676. North Sikkim recorded four new cases, taking the district’s tally to 184 cases.

Meanwhile, the recovery tally saw an improvement with 142 new COVID-19 patients being discharged on Thursday. With this, 1,041 have been discharged so far this month. However, 2,671 COVID-19 cases have also been recorded in the same period.

As many as 681 tests were conducted in the state, of which 511 were conducted on RT-PCR resulting in 169 positive cases. As many as 168 cases were tested on RAT, of which 62 were found positive for COVID-19.

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