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Sikkim woman tests positive for COVID-19 in New Delhi

A woman from Sikkim has tested positive for COVID-19 in New Delhi and is undergoing treatment in the national capital, officials said in Gangtok on April 28.

The woman is a native of West Sikkim and was in Delhi for kidney ailment treatment.

The virus was detected in her body during a routine test, after which she was transferred to hospital.

Assistant Director of Nursing Denzong Kunga Khangsang at Sikkim House in New Delhi immediately informed the authorities about the case. She said the patient suffers from chronic kidney failure and has been on dialysis at PSRI hospital in New Delhi.

On April 25, the Delhi government tested all the dialysis patients for COVID-19, which revealed the infection in the Sikkim woman, she informed.

Sikkim Director General-cum-Secretary Health, Pempa Tshering Bhutia confirmed that the woman contracted the infection from a friend who visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

After the detection, all her contacts are being traced and quarantined.

The people stranded outside the state will be returning after the lockdown is lifted. They will be quarantined to eliminate chances of spread of coronavirus in Sikkim.

“So far, 112 people have tested negative in Sikkim while report of one is awaited. Altogether 51 patients have attended hospital for common flu,” Bhutia said.

“We have received 4 testing machines which have been installed. We hope to use it from Wednesday, while the tests at North Bengal Medical College Hospital will continue,” Bhutia added.


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