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

Jan 06, 2021
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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.

People in green zones are allowed to move within their district and in the other places, the restrictions remain as before. Taking note of a few cases, where infections were reported from local gatherings during the lockdown period, the minister said, the purpose of the lockdown will be defeated if people keep visiting their neighbors like this and sharing meals and tea.

In the last 24 hours, Bhutan hasn’t reported any positive cases whereas authorities conducted mass testing in some of the vulnerable clusters in Thimphu and Paro, as per a report on The Bhutanese. 4,000 tests were done in the last 24 hours in the country.

“People in Thimphu and Paro should all assume they have the virus,” she said, asking people to take precautions.

Currently, there are 278 active cases in the country.

Reminding people of bed shortage even in most developed countries, he said, “We don’t have facilities like them. So we have to be very careful and responsible from here on.”

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