Guwahati: Bhutan has reported its second case of coronavirus infection — the partner of the first COVID-19 patient — on Friday morning.
The country’s first COVID-19 patient, a 76-year-old US tourist, tested positive on March 5. He was repatriated to the US last week.
According to a press release from Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering’s office, the test was carried out as part of the quarantine process where everybody gets checked to determine the status before the release. The three primary contacts — the partner, guide and driver — finish their quarantine period on Friday.
“While the guide and the driver were confirmed negative, the partner, who is 59 years old, showed a positive result. This was the fourth test run on the primary contacts since the detection of first case on March 5. All earlier three tests resulted in a negative,” added the release.
The patient remains asymptomatic and healthy, however, she will be monitored in isolation, starting today.
Further, the driver and the guide will have to be under home quarantine and report immediately should they notice any signs and symptoms of the novel virus. “Should they wish to stay in the facility, we will be offering the option,” added the release.