GANGTOK, May 23 - Sikkim today reported its first COVID-19 case with a man who returned from Delhi recently, testing positive.
Health Secretary Dr Pempa Bhutia said the patient is 25 years old and had returned to the State on May 17. He had been under quarantine at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Rabong in South Sikkim.
He has now been admitted to the COVID-19 ward at the STNM Hospital here.
Authorities are tracing all his contacts and they will be sent to quarantine and tested for COVID-19, Dr Bhutia said. Till detection of this case, Sikkim was the only State in the country which was free from the novel coronavirus.
The patient’s swab sample was sent to the North Bengal Medical College in Siliguri and the test report was received today, after which all necessary measures have been taken by the State Health Department.