Kalimpong woman passes away due to COVID-19, 10 from Sikkim on quarantine

Kalimpong woman passes away due to COVID-19, 10 from Sikkim on quarantine

On Sunday, Sikkim woke up to the news of a 45-year-old woman passing away at West Bengal; the lady was a resident of Kalimpong and had a history of travel with 10 people from Sikkim. The fact coupled with the news and images of a person from Tadong area being escorted in an ambulance caused quite a stir in the Gangtok area.

COVID-19 is a name surely to enter history journals of all fields of study and work. People are scared for their lives, concerned about livelihoods and the damage the pandemic has done to the economy, but people are also tirelessly working on the frontlines to battle it. The threat looms on humanity’s head but panicking has never helped anyone. 

People must pay heed to what is going around, run the numbers, calculate the threat. The total number of coronavirus cases in India jumped up to 1071 including 942 active cases, 99 discharged cases and 29 deaths, according to the latest updates by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India. In a country of over 1.4 billion people, predictions show that the infections could reach higher numbers. This is everyman’s fight and the only way to tackle it is by following set protocol and not giving in to panic. 

Sikkim is no exception. Instead of harassing others for travelling, people should start focusing on keeping extreme care of the spaces they enter and of the proximity they stand to with people, of the surfaces they touch and of where they are breathing.

The report on Sunday said that there were 10 people from Sikkim who were travelling with the deceased, but everyone checked in well and were screened by the concerned authorities. All the people under suspicion of having been infected are closely monitored. There are 4 from South Sikkim, 2 from East Sikkim and 4 from West Sikkim, suspected of carrying the contagion.

The four from South Sikkim are currently quarantined at a government facility in Rangpo; two from East are in-home quarantine, and four from West are taken into a government quarantine facility. 

News of harassment to the deceased family has led to even more sighs among different factions of people. People should recognise the fact that the people who are infected or the people who are suspected did not choose to be infected. Sikkim so far has shown an empathetic response in working against the pandemic, as a state and as cohesion of different societies. If this remains the approach coupled with mindful measures against the pandemic, the future remains bright.