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Sikkim Has Reported Zero Positive Cases Of Coronavirus, Chief Minister Explains How

Sikkim was one of the first states to start screening and bard the entry of all foreigners in the state. Back then, it looked like a strict reaction to the pandemic but it has born fruitful results so far

Sikkim Has Reported Zero Positive Cases Of Coronavirus, Chief Minister Explains How
Highlights
  • February onwards, Sikkim started screening for COVID-19 at check posts
  • On March 5, Sikkim banned the entry of international tourists
  • Amid COVID-19 scare, on March 17, Sikkim banned entry of domestic tourists

New Delhi: At a time when the world is battling coronavirus pandemic and the disease COVID-19 which has infected over 21,000 (21,393) people across India and taken 681 lives, Sikkim is the only state in the country that has not reported even a single positive case of COVID-19. But how Sikkim a state with a population of 6.19 lakh (Census 2011) and one of the tourist destinations has managed to protect itself from the highly contagious disease? And how does the state plan to hold onto this achievement? In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Prem Singh Tamang, Chief Minister of the Sikkim, shares the state’s success story.

Sikkim was one of the first states to start screening and BAN the entry of all foreigners in the state. Back then, it looked like a strict reaction to the pandemic but now it seems to be one of the reasons behind Sikkim being coronavirus free.

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Giving credit to the state’s early preparedness and the citizens, the Chief Minister said,

Sikkim has been coronavirus free because we took precautions ever since the first case was reported. February onwards, we started screening at various check posts. On March 5, we banned the entry of international tourists and on March 17, domestic tourists were banned. Apart from this, frontline warriors – healthcare professionals, police officials, sanitation workers, government employees – have been proactive. I would like to congratulate them and thank the citizens for their discipline. It’s because of them we haven’t reported even a single case.

Though the state was quick in initiating screening and taking preventive measures, but the challenge is, Sikkim doesn’t have any testing lab. Talking about how Sikkim is testing for COVID-19 in the absence of a lab, CM Tamang said,

We don’t have a lab but we wrote to the government of India and immediately got approval for North Bengal Medical College to conduct COVID-19 tests. We have sent over 60 samples and they all turned to be negative. Parallely, our own testing lab is being built and within a month it’ll be ready.

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Since the nearest lab is North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Bengal’s Siliguri, about 140 km away, Sikkim plans to continue strict screening and rely more on rapid testing. As the CM said, the state is prepared to face all the challenges.

CM Tamang also appreciated the efforts of pharmaceutical firms producing medicines and fulfilling the bulk requirement of the country. Talking about the same, CM Tamang said,

Our firms are producing medicines in full swing. 60 per cent of the medicines are supplied from here and even during the lockdown the production happened; social distancing was maintained.

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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