Woman testing COVID-19 positive after five tests locking down entire country

As words of the nationwide lockdown spread in the early hours yesterday, many left the capital city and headed for their homes in other dzongkhags

Aug 12, 2020
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As words of the nationwide lockdown spread in the early hours yesterday, many left the capital city and headed for their homes in other dzongkhags. Similarly those in the neighbouring dzongkhags rushed back to the capital as the government announced travel restrictions.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced on its Facebook page that the government was declaring a nationwide lockdown. A 27-year-old woman who completed quarantine and was released after testing negative has tested positive a fortnight since her release.  

She had returned from Kuwait on June 26 and was placed in a mandatory quarantine facility in Paro. She tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10 in Gelephu.

The woman tested negative five times between June 29 and July 25 on PCR even after testing positive on the rapid test (IgG). In keeping with the health protocols, she reported to a flu clinic in Gelephu on August 10 where she tested positive on RT-PCR.

She was immediately isolated at the COVID-19 centre, while contact tracings were initiated right away. A total of 97 contacts were traced as of 5:20am

The country went into lockdown to trace all those who came into contact with the woman. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that community transmission could not be ruled out.

At a press conference late yesterday evening, Lyonchhen said that His Majesty The King was relieved that Bhutanese across all dzongkhags despite the sudden lockdown adhered strictly to the lockdown conditions on the first day of nationwide lockdown.

PM urged all Bhutanese to wear face masks to be safer from the COVID-19 infection.

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