𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟏𝟔, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐
The National COVID-19 Taskforce informs all that 𝐧𝐨 lockdown is being declared in Thimphu for now.
However, a COVID-19 community case was confirmed in the capital today. He had visited the Rinchen Kuenphen flu clinic yesterday, and confirmatory test was carried out. His residential building at Kabesa and the neighbourhood were also screened today, out of which his immediate family members and two of the neighbours tested positive.
While the positive cases have been isolated, the entire cluster is cordoned off from the public.
The man has a travel history to Phuentsholing. He had completed the seven-day quarantine requirement, and as a high-risk group, he was also asked to “self-isolate” for another seven days upon returning home. He visited the flu clinic after showing symptoms on February 15.
A woman, who travelled with him, also tested positive on antigen in Paro. A confirmatory RT-PCR test is underway at the moment. Together, over 69 contacts in Paro and Thimphu have been traced so far and are being closely monitored.
𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭: 𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐑𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐊𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐥𝐮 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐤𝐡𝐚 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝟏𝟏𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝟏𝟐𝐩𝐦, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐊𝐮𝐳𝐡𝐮𝐠𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐭 𝐊𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝟗𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝟏𝟏𝐚𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟏𝟓, 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 “𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞” 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬.
𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟏𝟖. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝟏𝟎𝟏𝟎 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠.
Despite numerous appeals, our streets throng with people and some are still disregarding the basic COVID-19 protocols like wearing masks. The risks are growing by the hour. As cautioned multiple times, lockdowns are imminent if situation worsens. Everyone is aware that we resort to lockdowns as the final means to break the chain of disease transmission.
No gathering of any sort is allowed across the nation for now and travels are highly discouraged.
𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐥𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝟏𝟎,𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐮 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟏𝟑.