English | Dzongkha Friday, June 18, 2021

Bumthang heightens COVID-19 surveillance

With borders closed, the east-west lateral highway has become the only and the main route for people travelling between eastern and western parts of the country. Bumthang is at the transit of the highway and most travellers halt their nights in the district. With college students leaving for vacation now, Chamkhar town’s busy bus station has become even more crowded. As the risk of transmitting and exposure to coronavirus is high, the district’s COVID-19 task force is reviewing the old containment measures and implementing restrictions to mitigate the risks.

SDF hands over Nu 36 million COVID-19 grant to the health ministry

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Development Fund (SDF) granted more than Nu 36 M to the Health Ministry as a COVID-19 emergency grant today. The grant is the first part of the total grant of over Nu 73 M. The Ministry said the grant will be used for preparedness and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Government confident about administering the second dose at least by mid August

The government is confident about administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within 16 to 20 weeks after the first dose. Foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji said this during the question-answer session of the national assembly today.

Lockdown relaxed in Thimphu

The three-day lockdown in Thimphu that the government announced on Saturday was lifted this afternoon. This was following the confirmatory test of the eight-year-old student which came out negative today.

Too early to put the blame on the company for COVID-19 outbreak in Gomtu, PCAL’s CEO

The Penden Cement Authority Limited’s (PCAL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says it is too soon to shift the blame on the company for the COVID-19 outbreak in Gomtu, Samtse. Gomtu or Phuentshogpelri Gewog has seen over 20 positive cases since the first two cases on June 6. People in Gomtu allege the outbreak would not have happened if self-containment measures were in place at the PCAL factory.

Few shops forced to close in Samtse town for breaching protocols

A few grocery stores in Samtse town have been forced to close by the dzongkhag monitoring team after they were found repeatedly breaching COVID-19 safety protocols. The protocol breaches include overcrowding inside the shop and customers or shopkeepers not wearing masks. The shops were closed since last night and will be closed for a week.

Over 2,000 people tested during cluster testing in Thimphu

More than 2,000 students and primary contacts of Druk School in Thimphu were tested today. An eight-year-old student of the school tested positive for COVID-19 on an antigen test yesterday triggering a complete lockdown in Thimphu.

NC19TF plans to vaccinate the residents of the high-risk areas if there is delay in procurement- COVID second dose

Residents of the high-risk areas along the southern borders might get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine towards the end of this month. And that is if the government cannot procure the doses for the entire eligible population by then. The foreign minister said this during the question-answer session of the National Assembly today.

Third round of mass screening begins in Phuentshogling

The third round of mass screening began in Phuentshogling Thromde today. The first day of the mass screening was initiated from Pasakha. The results of the mass screening will determine the way forward for Phuentshogling Thromde.

Sarpang Dzongkhag further strengthens the COVID-19 safety measures and protocols

Further strengthening the safety measures and protocols, the Sarpang district has now made it mandatory for all frontline workers and high-risk populations to produce COVID-19 test cards to their respective monitoring teams. The card will contain the details of the test taken by individuals and include the next expected test date.

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