Guwahati: Sikkim has reported 2 more Covid-19 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the tally of cases of Himalayan state up to 70. Out of these 70, 65 cases are still active are under observation.
While one of the patients is an 18-year-old from Kyongsa in West Sikkim, the other is a 52-year-old man from Tathangchenn in Gangtok.
It is to be mentioned that Sikkim reported its first case of the Coronavirus on May 23. The first positive patient from the state is a 25-year-old man who had returned to the state from New Delhi where he was preparing for his UPSC exams.
Since the detection of the first case, a number of returnees who were stranded amid the nationwide lockdown have tested Covid-19 positive. This has prompted the state administration to delay the reopening of schools, which were originally scheduled to be opened on June 15, with restrictions in place.
Amid the rise in the number of cases, plans to re-open places of learning have been shelved, and the education department now plans to re-open schools in the first week of August.
With the return of around four lakh natives from the south and north India, coronavirus cases in eight north-eastern States have spiked upwards at a dramatic rate. To counter the spread of the contagion, some states have taken drastic measures. Mizoram, for instance, has called for a complete lockdown, even though the Centre has urged the states to re-open all areas barring ones falling inside the containment zone areas, largely owing to the crippling national lockdown that sent 1.3 billion Indians scurrying indoors.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate in the country has shown drastic improvement over the past few days. According to Ministry data, during the last 24 hours, 6,922 Covid-19 patients were cured of the disease. A total of 1,86,934 patients, so far, have been cured of Covid-19 across India, and 1,55,227 active cases are under medical supervision.