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May 23, 2020

First COVID-19 case reported in Sikkim

Sikkim’s first COVID-19 case was reported today. At a press conference in Gangtok this evening, Director General cum Secretary of State Health Department Dr Pempa T Bhutia informed that the person diagnosed with the infection is a South Sikkim-based 25-year-old returnee from Delhi. 

The person reached Sikkim on 19th May on a bus from the National Capital. AIR Correspondent reports, Director General cum Secretary of Health Dr Pempa T Bhutia informed that the infected person was initially quarantined at a facility in Ravangla, South Sikkim. The result of the sample from North Bengal Medical College was received today afternoon.

AIR Correspondent reports, the person is asymptomatic as of now and will be kept in the isolation centre at New STNM Hospital, Sochaygyang near Gangtok. 

All persons who came in contact with the infected including doctors and nurses will be quarantined and tested further. 12 people who returned along with the infected person through Melli Check in South Sikkim are already undergoing mandatory quarantine. The bus driver’s sample will also be tested. 

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