Gangtok: In a heart-warming gesture, Sikkim CM Prem Singh Golay on Saturday donned the PPE suit to meet COVID-19 patients inside Namchi Girls Senior Secondary School in South Sikkim which has been turned into a COVID-19 care centre.

The CM briefly interacted with the medical team, patients and other staff of the centre and wished the patients speedy recovery. He also assured them that the government will assist in every possible way for the recovery of COVID-19 patients in the state.

The centre houses 16 patients (as on Friday).

Golay has been visiting various COVID-19 care centres in the state since Saturday morning. He began the day by meeting patients at the Paljor Stadium COVID-19 care centre in Gangtok. The centre houses 13 patients as on Friday. He gave away medicines and eatables to the patients there.

Sikkim CM PS Golay visiting the Paljor Stadium COVID-19 care centre on Saturday morning

Later, he met the 64 COVID-19 positive monks staying at the Saramsa Garden COVID-19 care center. Many monks testing positive for the coronavirus has been a subject of discussion in the state for sometime now.

So far, as many as 311 monks have tested positive in five monasteries in the past one one week. The trend started from Ganjong Monastery where 61 monks tested positive for the virus earlier this week. They were later shifted to the Saramsa COVID-19 care centre.

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Around 10 am, Sikkim CM Golay reached his home constituency in Poklok-Kamrang in Namchi, where the district hospital in South Sikkim is located. South Sikkim recorded 136 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The visit by the Sikkim CM to various COVID-19 care centers seems to be timely, as the state recorded its highest coronavirus spike on Friday at 420 new cases.

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