Thimphu: Bhutan Health Minister announced a 72-hour lockdown in Thimphu town starting 6 pm today after an eight-year-old student of Druk School tested positive on an antigen earlier in the day. The lockdown aims to conduct cluster screening.

Although the student tested negative on the RT-PCR, the lockdown is being initiated since the viral load on the antigen was high. The sample will be reconfirmed through RTPCR in 48 hours, but as per protocol extensive testing and screening of high-risk groups will be carried out in the capital during the lockdown period.

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For tonight, movement to respective homes and destinations within the city will be allowed. Those coming into the capital will also be facilitated, however, all exits exit will be stopped immediately.

Prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the response is to maintain highest level of prevention for all, considering the fact that it was a student and the reading on antigen was very high to take any chances.

“Today is another reality for all of us,” he said. “I request everyone to cooperate and give us support to stop the spread of the disease, just as you did so far,” he added.

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