Sikkim witnesses five more COVID-19 deaths, total cases rise to 9,651

The Himalayan state now has 2,528 active cases, while 6,753 people have recovered from the disease

Sikkim on Saturday reported 200 new COVID-19 cases taking caseload in the picturesque state to 9,651. 
The fatalities increased to 165 as five more people succumbed to the infection on Saturday. 
According to health officials, the Himalayan state now has 2,528 active cases, while 6,753 people have recovered from the disease. 
A total of 205 Covid-19 patients have migrated to other states.
The state has so far conducted 99,352  tests, including 682 in the last 24 hours, the official added. 
There are  13 patients currently in the two ICU facilities in Sikkim - nine at STNM Hospital and four at CRH-Tadong. 
Meanwhile, in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Sikkim government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions in the state till May 16.
The 221 new cases were detected from the testing of 801 samples - 172 returning positive in RT-PCR testing of 680 samples and 49 more COVID-positive results in rapid antigen testing of 112 samples.
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The restrictions, which include the imposition of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CRPC, have come into effect on Thursday last.
Rangpo, Melli and Ramam borders have been sealed and all travel across these border points stopped for the next ten days. Inter-district travel has also been restricted.
All public gatherings such as weddings have been barred during the period. 
All business establishments throughout the state have been allowed to remain open from 10 am to 4 pm.
Curfew has been imposed from 5 pm to 9 am.

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