Sikkim reports first COVID-19 death; CM Tamang ‘deeply saddened’

First Published 26, Jul 2020, 2:31 PM

Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the COVID-19 patient
 

<p>Sikkim reported its first COVID-19 death on Sunday (July 26) after a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease at a state-run hospital in Gangtok, a senior health official said.</p>

Sikkim reported its first COVID-19 death on Sunday (July 26) after a 74-year-old man succumbed to the disease at a state-run hospital in Gangtok, a senior health official said.

<p>The man was a resident of Rongli sub-division of East Sikkim district, the official said. The man died due to COVID-19 early in the morning, Director General-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pema T Bhutia said.<br />
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The man was a resident of Rongli sub-division of East Sikkim district, the official said. The man died due to COVID-19 early in the morning, Director General-cum-Secretary, Health, Dr Pema T Bhutia said.
 

<p>He was admitted to Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital on Saturday night after he tested positive for the disease.</p>

He was admitted to Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial (STNM) Hospital on Saturday night after he tested positive for the disease.

<p>The patient was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) where he breathed his last, he said. He was also suffering from diabetes and hypertension, the official added.</p>

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The patient was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) where he breathed his last, he said. He was also suffering from diabetes and hypertension, the official added.

 

<p><strong>Bhutia said the last rites of the patient will be performed as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) laid down by the Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC).</strong></p>

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Bhutia said the last rites of the patient will be performed as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) laid down by the Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC).

 

<p>Chief minister Prem Singh Tamang said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the COVID-19 patient.</p>

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Chief minister Prem Singh Tamang said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the COVID-19 patient.

 
 

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He urged the people of the state to remain calm and continue following the guidelines put in place to contain the spread of the contagious disease.</p>


 
He urged the people of the state to remain calm and continue following the guidelines put in place to contain the spread of the contagious disease.

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<p>As of Saturday, there were 357 active COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, according to official data.</p>


 

As of Saturday, there were 357 active COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, according to official data.

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