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Lockdown hits farmers hard in Bhutan

Around this time in Paro, farmers sell farm produce and begin growing winter crops. In Dogar Gewog, August is the peak season to grow mustard

Health officials to test Thimphu residents

Thimphu residents who visited Phuentsholing, the town which is a red zone, will be tested for COVID-19 at the testing stations beginning today

Mass testing will continue in Paro

About 843 households in Paro are identified for the active community testing. The mass testing began in Paro yesterday and will continue today

Religious ceremony to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Bhutan

To complement the government’s efforts in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and help minimise further risks, religious institutions across Bhutan are performing a three-day Lhamo Bakchog kurim ceremony

Government to buy back apples and redistribute if lockdown continues

Apple growers in Bhutan need not worry about the nationwide lockdown hampering export of the cash crop

Telcos offer free data in Bhutan to help people connect

To help subscribers stay connected with their loved ones, the two telecom companies have offered more than one giga-byte free data to each subscriber

Lockdown hitting the low-income group hard in Bhutan

Essential items and vegetables are being delivered door-to-door during the nationwide lockdown in Bhutan

Bhutanese minister calls people to be honest with their travel history

As of yesterday evening, 27 people in Phuentsholing tested positive for COVID-19 of which four cases were detected outside the RRCO’s mini dry port (MDP)

Full-blown local transmission looming in Bhutan?

Following the report of the first local transmission of COVID-19 in Phuentsholing on August 16, and another two positive cases in Paro yesterday, the concern now is of a potential full-blown local outbreak in Bhutan

Bhutanese town running out of vegetables

Over 50 people came out in a queue to purchase vegetables in the evening at Rabdeyling demkhong in Gelephu yesterday

61 newborns in Thimphu during lockdown

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu saw 61 women give birth in six days of ongoing nationwide lockdown. Birthing centre recorded 52 newborns and maternity ward nine

Local transmission in Phuentsholing, Bhutan's main commercial town, confirmed

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering confirmed that there is a local transmission of Covid-19 in Phuentsholing during a press conference yesterday

Phuentsholing, Bhutan's commercial capital, sees three more COVID cases

With three new cases detected yesterday, Phuentsholing - Bhutan's largest commercial town - has now 16 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases. All are from the Mini Dry Port (MDP)

Digital payments soar in Bhutan during lockdown

The nationwide lockdown, which came into effect on August 11, has not affected most customers as they have switched to digital payment methods

Phuentsholing is Red Zone

With growing concerns that there could be a possible community infection in Phuentsholing, the Bhutanese government has declared the drungkhag as a red zone