Gangtok: Sikkim on Saturday recorded 287 new COVID-19 cases taking the state’s tally to 12,521. There are currently 3,194 active cases in the state.

As many as 4,856 COVID-19 cases have been recorded so far in the month of May alone.

Sikkim has been in complete lockdown since May 16, with partial lockdown from May 6, and has recorded 3,675 COVID-19 cases since then.

A COVID-19 death was reported at STNM Hospital, taking the death toll to 63 since partial lockdown was imposed on May 6. The state’s total COVID-19 death toll so far is 221.

As many as 2,618 recoveries were also recorded during the lockdown period.

On Saturday, 1,003 COVID tests were conducted in the state, the highest so far. This has been possible largely because of increased rapid antigen testing at COVID-19 hotspots around Gangtok area and in Namchi and Geyzing, the other populous towns of Sikkim.

Up to 671 RT-PCR tests were conducted during the day, of which 193 tested positive for COVID-19. As many as 327 rapid antigen tests (RAT) were done, of which 93 tested positive. Five tests were conducted on CBNAT-TRUENAT, of which one tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Up to 210 COVID-19 patients are currently admitted in different hospitals of the state, of which 135 are in STNM Hospital, 66 in Central Referral Hospital (CRH) and nine in Mangan District Hospital. On Saturday, 30 new COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals, of which 20 were in STNM, nine in CRH and one in Mangan. Twenty-five patients are currently in ICU, of which 18 are in STNM Hospital and seven in CRH.

Of the 287 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Saturday, 200 were reported from East Sikkim, taking the district’s tally to 9,170 so far. Fifty-five cases were reported from South Sikkim, taking the district’s tally to 2,153 cases so far.

West Sikkim recorded 25 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the district’s tally to 1,053 cases so far. North Sikkim recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, taking the district’s tally to 222 so far.

There are 49 people in the five COVID-19 care centres of the state. There are 2,915 people in home isolation, of which 1,788 are in East Sikkim district alone.

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