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Rice import in Bhutan doubles during pandemic

The raging COVID-19 pandemic followed by two nationwide lockdowns in Bhutan led to a record rice import last year, officials said. The Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) imported around 24,000 metric tonnes of rice in 2020, up from 10,000 metric tons in 2019

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Bhutan jumps five places in Human Development Index

Bhutan improved its ranking by five places in the Human Development Index (HDI),  with the country ranked at 129th place among 189 nations, reported the national newspaper Kuensel

Bhutan: Five years to bring tourism to pre-Covid level

Bhutan will take at least five more years to revive the tourism industry to the pre-COVID-19 level of 2019, estimated the Economic Roadmap 2030 Taskforce of the country

Bhutan to wait till March to start vaccination

Though Bhutan became the first to receive the Indian manufactured COVID-19 on Wednesday under Indian grant assistance, the country will wait for almost two months to start inoculating its population for COVID-19

No new cases reported in 24 hours in Bhutan; unlocking begins

For the first time since December 20 when the country reported the second wave, Bhutan saw no new positive case of COVID-19 infection on Sunday, said Bhutan’s Ministry of Health. The total number of active cases remains 267 while 574 recovered so far

Bhutan to begin four-day long mass testing

To assess the scale of COVID-19’s spread in the capital Thimphu, Bhutan will begin its mass testing in a phased manner

Bhutan health minister warns against laxity

As Bhutan completed 14 days of national lockdown and adopted smart unlocking in certain zones, Health Minister Sawai Lyonpo warned people against violating Covid guidelines, Kuensel reported

Bhutan to decide today on easing restrictions

A decision regarding the phased easing of the nationwide lockdown is expected today in Bhutan. Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering has been holding deliberations with experts for the last few days, reported Kuensel

Overpricing in Bhutan, authorities crack down on shops

Authorities in Bhutan swang into action as people complained of overpricing of essential goods by shopkeepers due to lockdown, Kuensel reported

Covid cases up in Bhutan

With the detection of 17 fresh infections of COVID-19, the total number of cases in Bhutan touched 132, reported The Bhutanese

Bhutan King sends gifts to students who tested positive for COVID-19

Bhutan’s King Jigme Wangchuk, known as a compassionate ruler, on Friday sent gifts to 14 students who had tested positive for COVID-19 virus and wished them early recovery, The Bhutanese reported

Bhutan announces seven-day nationwide lockdown

With the continued emergence of fresh COVID-19 cases in the last three days, Bhutan on Tuesday evening announced a seven-day nationwide lockdown, effecting from 23 December, to contain the spread of the virus, The Bhutanese reported

12 fresh COVID cases in Bhutan; lockdown in Paro

Authorities in Bhutan have detected 12 fresh infections of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, prompting the administration to put Paro district under lockdown, reported The Bhutanese

21 new cases in Thimphu, local transmission feared in Bhutan

What could possibly become the first instance of the known large-scale local transmission of COVID-19 in Bhutan, authorities have identified a total of 21 fresh cases of the COVID-19 infections in last 24 hours, reported The Bhutanese

Thimphu goes into complete lockdown

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, went into a complete lockdown on Sunday after a 25-year-old woman, who visited a flu clinic at the National Referral Hospital in the city, tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Am a surgeon first and forever, says Bhutan PM

Bhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has said he is a surgeon first and forever and that politics is only a passing phase in his life

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