Health Secretary reports new positive COVID-19 case, total 49 active cases

Health Secretary reports new positive COVID-19 case, total 49 active cases

Gangtok, July 9: The Director-General cum Health Secretary Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia reported another case of COVID-19, today on his daily Health Bulletin.

The new patient is a 25-year-old male who returned on 29th June from Patna, Bihar sharing a bus with three other people till his quarantine centre at Royal Plaza Hotel in Gangtok.

Currently, Sikkim has 49 active cases of COVID-19 after one patient got discharged on Wednesday; cumulatively the total is 134 cases. In total 72 patients have been cured and discharged; 13 patients have migrated.

East district reported 73 positive cases, West – 22, South – 38 and North 1.

Dr Bhutia further informed that there was a confusion that the testing would cost for the non-local who do not have Certificate of Identification or Sikkim Subject.
Today it was clarified that all those who hold Certificates of Identification or Sikkim Subject, Residential Certificate and voter card of Sikkim would be tested for COVID-19 free of cost.
It was also decided that antigen testing of COVID-19 would be free for Army and Paramilitary forces at the Rangpo check post for 15 days. But if they desire for TrueNAT or RTPCR testing, then they would have to pay for it. The government is planning to start antigen testing from coming Saturday.

After this testing begins, if a Sikkimese tests positive then they will be sent to a hospital; if anyone from the army or paramilitary force personnel batch would be tested positive then they will be sent back to undergo quarantine at Siliguri, West Bengal.

Dr Bhutia also informed that the Health Minister and other officials of the State Health Department visited Rangpo check post and arranged all the necessary equipment to start antigen testing. On Friday, technicians will visit the Check Post to fix other things to start testing from Saturday.

He also informed that 46 samples were tested today for COVID19 which all resulted in negative status and results of more samples are awaited.