Sikkim reports 22 new cases, TrueNat and RT-PCR testing to be conducted more than Rapid Antigen tests
Gangtok, July 23: According to the daily Health Bulletin by Director General cum Health Secretary Dr Pempa Tshering Bhutia, Sikkim’s total cases now stand at 460, while active cases have reached 338.
East district reported 19 new cases with a cumulative total of 335 cases; West district reported three new case and cumulative 33; South District reported no new cases which keeps its cumulative total to 91 and North District’s stands at only one.
Further, Dr Bhutia informed that among the new cases, 14 were reported out of 294 Rapid Antigen tests, while the other eight via RT-PCR out of 508 samples. He said that TrueNat was not conducted on Wednesday.
While giving the breakdown of the cases, Dr Bhutia said that five positive patients reported in RT-PCR testing are from East and three from West Sikkim.
Among the five new cases from East, one is a 55-year-old female resident of Setipool and working at Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. She had visited the Flu Clinic of New STNM Hospital Sochyakgang, where she was tested and eventually reported positive. She is also a contact traced from a COVID-19 positive patient from Rangpo.
Two other cases reported from Advanced Technical Training Centre, Singtam of East Sikkim, a 50 and 25-year-old. Two more males reported from Tashiling Residency who are 36 and 26-years-old.
Three cases from West Sikkim reported positive in Rapid Antigen testing earlier, and also the RT-PCR which showed the same results on Wednesday.
The two were from Timburbong, West Sikkim and were contacts of a previous patient. Another one is an SSB personnel from Gyalshing, West Sikkim.
In Rangpo, 61 returnees were tested with Rapid Antigen Testing and all results arrived negative. The other 47 primary contacts of Mining Ground and Chanatar were also tested, out of which 13 reported positive.
150 tests were conducted at Rongli and all reported negative.
Similarly, in Rhenock, only four tests were conducted and all showed negative results.
Out of 25samples, one person tested positive through Rapid Antigen Testing at Singtam District Hospital. The patient was working at Zydus Cadilla, Kerala.
Dr Bhutia informed that now the number of positive results in Rongli and Rhenock is decreasing, which is good news for the state. He requested people to home quarantine themselves if they are exposed to any positive COVID-19 patient or situation and test only after the sixth day of exposure which will preserve the resources.
Huge number of tests are being conducted through RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen testing kits, due to which many positive cases are surfacing but now the department has stated that they will try to conduct testing via TrueNat or RT-PCR as Rapid Antigen testing kits need to be kept for emergency purpose.
He also informed that TrueNat also results are precise, unlike earlier.