259 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state with one additional death.

259 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state with one additional death.

Gangtok, May 1:

On May 1, Sikkim reported its highest spike of COVID-19 with a whopping 259 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of active cases in the state to 1647 cases, with the total cases of Sikkim reported to 8221. Just in April, the state recorded 11 COVID-19 cases of the UK strain of COVID-19 along with 11 cases of double mutant viruses. Another death was also reported in the state on Saturday morning, bringing the death tally of the state to 148. 

Out of the 259 new cases reported on Saturday, 195 were reported from the state’s East District, 32 cases were from the South District, 10 from the North District and 22 from the West District.

The 26-year-old woman who succumbed to COVID-19 on May 1, had been referred to STNM Hospital, Sochaykhang from Singtam District Hospital on the afternoon of April 30. She didn’t have any reported comorbidities and had tested positive for the coronavirus on the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), informed an official from STNM Hospital. 

It has also come to light that currently there are a total of 109 patients admitted at STNM Hospital and CRH, 5th mile, with an additional 13 patients in the Intensive Care Unit. 

The UK Strain of the COVID-19 virus which has also been in Sikkim, is highly contagious and often the symptoms of this varies from the normal strain of COVID-19 mainly in three aspects- fever, continuous cough and loss of smell or taste which are common symptoms of the normal COVID-19 virus whereas people with the highly contagious UK strain of COVID-19 are less likely to report sky-high fevers than those with the original illness.

Double mutant variant is a term used to refer to a variant of a virus with two mutations. The term has been most commonly used to refer to a particular variant of the COVID-19 virus first reported in March 2021. This variant is thought to have emerged in the Indian state of Maharashtra but has also been reported in other locations, including in the US in California and now has also been reported in Sikkim.