24 hour lockdown in 14 districts

A 24-hour lockdown has been placed in 14 districts starting 5AM today. The 14 districts are Thimphu, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha, Paro, Gasa, Haa, Chhukha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Dagana, Sarpang, Tsirang, Samtse and Zhemgang. According to a Press release from the Prime Minister’s Office, the decision comes after an expatriate worker in Wangdue Phodrang tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. The individual is suspected to have interacted with other people, some of whom may have travelled to other districts.

The individual is a water tanker driver at the Punatsangchhu-I Project and had supplied drinking water to the Project workers. There are around 400 workers at the project.

He tested positive from a Primary Health Centre at Jala after he went there with COVID-19 symptoms. The individual stays in a workers’ colony in Langley Tsawa, Rurichu which is home to around 200 people. He also frequently visited the local shops and bars in the area.

However, he claimed that he has not visited Wangdue town in the last few days or travelled out of Wangdue district.

As per a source, the person is fully vaccinated with two doses. However, officials do not know how or from where the person got infected.

Meanwhile, the health staff and DeSuups in the district conducted random sampling collections from Langley Tsawa to Bajo town today.

People who travelled out of Wangdue Phodrang after January 10 were also tested today.

Pema Seldon Tshering/Kinzang Lhaden

Edited by Yeshi Gyaltshen

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  1. It is very sad to know our country being graped by this virus for 3rd time and due to bless of triple gem and our beloved monarch the degree of severity is not much compared to any other country ,covid task force is doing their best yet I could see some lapse in the system of its operation in handling the isolation process ,the health worker of Jalla center who tracked the first case in wangdue dzongkhag for phpa Indian labour was kept in pathetic condition in one of the old hospitals with no proper facilities availed to him ,in addition to that he is on the berged of getting depression since his wife also got admitted to hospital on 16.1.2022 evening at wangdue hospitals,his result was not declared to him despite his plea to concerned authority yet he got no response ,the quarantine resort being reserved is only mean for high profile and the one who tooled risk in tracking the outbreak is kept in pathetic condition surely remaind the two types of rule for common people as HM speech remains us on 17th Dec 2021.


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