Sikkim reports sixth COVID-19 related death
On September 7, Sikkim woke up to the news of another COVID-19 death, bringing the state's tally of COVID-19 related deaths to six. The deceased was a 27-year-old male who passed away in the early hours of Monday. The 27-year-old was also suffering from Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and for the same had been admitted to Singtam District Hospital and had been discharged from the hospital a mere 11 days before his demise.
Rapid Antigen Testing was conducted on him upon discharge from Singtam District Hospital in which he initially tested negative. After developing complications, he was tested again via Rapid Antigen Testing at Rongli Primary Health Centre in which he tested negative for COVID-19. After his demise on Monday, another Rapid Antigen Testing was conducted through swab samples again, in which he tested positive for the virus. Upon asking Dr. Pempa T. Bhutiia if this death could be considered a fatality of COVID-19, Bhutia clarified that since his last sample had tested positive it would be considered as a COVID-19 related death.
Sikkim had reported it's fifth death just a day prior on September 3, where a 65-year old patent who was suffering from asthma, diabetes, and pneumonia before being diagnosed COVID-19 positive had died due to COVID-19 complications.
According to the Health Department's Daily Health Bulletin of September 6, it was informed that Sikkim’s current active cases stand at 534 cases after 9 more tested positive on Sunday with a total of 1371 recoveries made till now from the onset of the virus in the state, while the total number of cases reported in the state is 1910.
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