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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

24,36,58,646Cases
20,51,42,869Active
3,35,67,367Recovered
49,48,410Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,36,58,646 and 49,48,410 have died; 20,51,42,869 are active cases and 3,35,67,367 have recovered as on October 25, 2021 at 4:04 am.

India

3,41,89,774 14,306Cases
1,67,6954,899Active
3,35,67,367 18,762Recovered
4,54,712 443Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,89,774 confirmed cases including 4,54,712 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,67,695 and 3,35,67,367 have recovered as on October 25, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,02,961 1,410

27,506 128

64,35,439 1,520

1,40,016 18

Kerala

49,15,331 8,538

77,964 3,191

48,08,775 11,366

28,592 363

Karnataka

29,85,986 388

8,740 203

29,39,239 586

38,007 5

Tamil Nadu

26,95,216 1,127

13,034 246

26,46,163 1,358

36,019 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,63,577 400

5,102 120

20,44,132 516

14,343 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,095 13

103 9

16,87,093 4

22,899

West Bengal

15,86,455 989

7,882 151

15,59,518 828

19,055 10

Delhi

14,39,603 37

320 14

14,14,192 51

25,091

Odisha

10,38,411 447

4,185 33

10,25,917 410

8,309 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,847 20

219 11

9,92,056 31

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,402 2

31 1

9,45,417 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,418 16

164 4

8,16,167 20

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,749 9

85 6

7,82,141 3

10,523

Haryana

7,71,157 16

127 12

7,60,981 4

10,049

Bihar

7,26,058 4

38 2

7,16,359 2

9,661

Telangana

6,70,274 135

3,950 34

6,62,377 168

3,947 1

Assam

6,08,589 139

3,857 111

5,98,759 244

5,973 6

Punjab

6,02,209 20

229 2

5,85,429 22

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,627 35

224 22

3,43,268 13

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,821 6

163 6

3,36,259 11

7,399 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,638 72

866 4

3,26,343 68

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,638 69

1,496 82

2,17,406 149

3,736 2

Goa

1,77,886 34

545 29

1,73,983 63

3,358

Puducherry

1,27,735 61

467 10

1,25,411 49

1,857 2

Manipur

1,23,292 63

931 30

1,20,450 89

1,911 4

Mizoram

1,17,419 158

8,080 863

1,08,927 1,016

412 5

Tripura

84,389 5

98 3

83,475 8

816

Meghalaya

83,371 49

639 56

81,286 102

1,446 3

Chandigarh

65,323 2

28 1

64,475 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,089

132 10

54,677 10

280

Sikkim

31,900 32

200 5

31,306 27

394

Nagaland

31,712 5

243 7

30,790 12

679

Ladakh

20,904 5

37 1

20,659 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679

4 0

10,671

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,648

6 2

7,513 2

129

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