Gangtok, June 3:
Sikkim’s daily cases of Covid-19 dropped below 300 in the last five days and today also 250 fresh infections reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll, meanwhile, climbed to 260 with 3 deaths in a day. On 29thth May Sikkim saw 273 new cases and 231 recoveries, on 30th May again the new cases remained below 300 hundred marks and 264 cases were reported with 130 recoveries, similarly on 31st May only 146 cases (only RAT test as the RTPCR lab remain close on Sunday) were reported with 83 recoveries, on 1st June 309 new cases were reported with 334 recoveries where recoveries outnumbered infections and on 2nd June 250 new cases reported with 136 recoveries. So if we observe in last five days, Sikkim there is a dip in cases with more margin of more than 100 just before 29th Sikkim was witnessing 400 plus cases on a daily basis and positivity rate was also more than 30% now the positivity rate has come down to 11 %. 
While talking on this declining trend of daily cases in Sikkim Dr. Pemba T Bhutia DG cum Secretary Health department shared “with this lockdown health department has taken advantage as we know that in this lockdown people will stay in their houses and we also know that the people are not coming out of their homes even symptomatic people are even primary contacts are not coming out for testing and in this lockdown, we have to conduct a huge number of tests especially in urban areas with thick density of the population and yesterday only we nearly conducted 2700 tests in which only 250 tested positive with this now our positivity rate has come down to 11 % and what we wanted to achieve from the lockdown has been achieved but still more days are there to go for this present lockdown so we are hopeful number will go down further”.  
As far as testing is concern as per the earlier guideline from ICMR 70:30 (RTPCR AND RAT RESPECTIVELY) was there but now it has changed to 50:50 so we are now conducting more RAT tests and daily in an average than 2000 (including of both RTPCR and RAT) tests have been conducted in last five days and further we have plans to conduct more tests in urban areas and by the time this lockdown end we might be able to bring down the number shared Dr. Pemba.


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