Sikkim: India’s only COVID-19-free state


GUWAHATI: Though the entire nation has been hit by COVID-19 outbreak, the northeastern state Sikkim has remained unaffected by the pandemic. So far Sikkim has not reported any COVID-19 positive case.

The state managed to achieve this by staying on alert ever since the county recorded its first case from Kerala in the month of January and following a step-by-step approach to tackle COVID-19, said Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang to media.

Sikkim was best suited to fight the COVID-19 because of its landlocked geography but the same posed a threat as the state has three countries as its neighbours , China, Bhutan and Nepal.

With the declaration of the pandemic, the Himalayan state banned foreign travellers as early as March 5 and subsequently domestic tourists on March 17.

It is to be mentioned that the number of total confirmed cases in India rose to 62,939, including 19,358 patients who have been cured and discharged or migrated, according to the Ministry.

The total number of active cases in the country, therefore, stands at 41,472.

The number of deaths in the country due to the infection reached 2,109 on Sunday.

While Maharashtra, with 20,228 cases is the worst-affected state, it is followed by Gujarat with 7,796 and the national capital, Delhi, with 6,542 cases. Tamil Nadu, is marginally behind Delhi with 6,535 cases.