Sikkim loses four more to COVID, death toll climbs to 107

In the daily health bulletin on Saturday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia, informed the first of the four deaths was of a 65-year-old male from Sombaria, West Sikkim, who passed away at around 11:30AM here at STNM Hospital on Friday.

The patient had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing at Sombaria PHC on 25 November and was admitted to STNM Hospital the same evening. The patient was also suffering from a liver disease and had hypertension and is registered as COVID death with co-morbidities.

Later the same day, at around 6:30PM on Friday, a 28-year-old male from Luing, Ranka Road in East District, was brought dead to Central Referral Hospital. The State IEC officer adds that although this was an unnatural death, since the deceased tested positive for Novel Coronavirus in rapid antigen testing posthumously, his death too is being recorded as a COVID-19 related death.

Friday bleakness continued with the passing away of a 59-year-old male from Upper Sichey in East District at STNM Hospital at around 9:15 PM. The patient had tested positive in RT-PCR screening the previous day, on 26 November, and admitted to STNM Hospital the same day when he complained of difficulty in breathing. The patient, it is informed, had no co-morbid conditions and died due to difficulty in breathing.

The fourth death was of a 78-year-old male who passed away in the staff quarters of Central Referral Hospital, 5th Mile-Tadong, at around 10:30 AM Saturday morning. The septuagenarian had tested positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing and had the co-morbid condition of hypertension. Meanwhile, the number of active COVID cases in Sikkim increased to 288 with reports of 59 new cases being detected in the last 24 hours on Saturday.

Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has now reached 4,967, of which 4,486 patients have already been discharged from facility and home isolations. 31 more patients were so released from isolation on Friday. That said, there are currently six patients admitted in the ICU facility of the COVID-dedicated STNM Hospital. The 59 fresh cases were reported from testing of 279 samples on Friday.

Report by Prakash, Special Correspondent Sikkim

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.