Nearly 100 monks in Sikkim test positive for COVID-19
Altogether 100 monks have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Sikkim on Sunday.
The state government has ramped up its efforts to monitor all the Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim, sources said.
Out of the 100 monks, thirty-seven Buddhist monks are from the Dharma Chakra Centre in Rumtek Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located 30 kilometres from Gangtok, while sixty-one monks are from the Gunjang Monastery in Sikkim.
According to reports, the monasteries have been declared a containment zone until further orders, relocating the monks to Saramsa Garden, which serves as an isolation centre.
"The monasteries (have) been declared as a containment zone that would restrict any movement. The other monks of the monasteries and those who have come in contact with them are also being traced and tested," Sub-divisional District Magistrate of Gangtok, Robin Sewa said.
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, Sikkim reported nearly three COVID-19 deaths, taking the overall death count to 224. Sikkim now has an active caseload of 3,317, with 9,381 people recovered so far.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)
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