THIMPHU: Following the report of a COVID-19 positive case in Gelephu, the Bhutan government has announced a nationwide lockdown starting from Tuesday.
It is reported that the person with COVID-19 positive came in contact with people in Thimphu and other major districts of Gelephu, Paro, etc., during the last couple of days.
The government has imposed restrictions on movement of people and vehicles within the Dzongkhags (districts) and beyond.
“The drastic yet extensive measures of lockdown now, complemented by strict public compliance, will help us achieve our target of combating the spread of the disease with efficiency, in a shorter period of time. This will enable the government to make arrangements to ease out the restrictions as soon as possible,” the government said in a statement.
The lockdown aims to identify and isolate all positive cases and breaking the chain of transmission.
For proper coordination and implementation of the lockdown, the government held a National COVID-19 Taskforce meeting at the Ministry of Health on Monday night.
The task force, led by the Prime Minister, received guidance from The King, who stayed with the team all through the night at the ministry.
The 27-year-old woman, who had returned from Kuwait on June 26 was placed in a mandatory quarantine facility in Paro.
Meanwhile, the government has requested everyone to strictly follow essential information on lockdown.
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“On the part of the government, during the lockdown, we will ensure testing of all suspects, quarantine of close contacts and isolation and treatment of confirmed cases. We will ensure coordination and facilitate distribution of essential food supplies in all the districts. Essential as well as emergency medical services will be facilitated.
This is an unprecedented time, and we solicit support and cooperation of every Bhutanese in ensuring the success of the lockdown. The government will share information with the public as and when available. Please follow the updates and adhere to the instructions closely,” said the government statement.