The Sikkim government on Saturday has decided not to allow security personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19 to enter the state. A senior health official said that rapid antigen tests will be conducted exclusively on security personnel, including those from the Army and the paramilitary forces, at the Rangpo border check-post from Saturday onwards.
Director General-cum-Secretary of the Health Department, Dr Pemba T Bhutia said, “Those testing positive for COVID-19 during the rapid antigen tests will not be allowed to enter Sikkim and will be sent back to quarantine centres from where they came.”
The rapid antigen tests will be conducted for free for the first 15 days, he added. The decision was taken after more than three dozen security personnel posted in the state, bordering China, tested positive for COVID-19.
Report by Prakash, Special Correspondent Sikkim