KOLKATA, JUNE 16: Lockdown has been lifted at Bhutan’s capital Thimphu after a boy tested for COVID infection reported negative along with possible contacts.
The local media quoted Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering as saying: “The lockdown in Thimphu is being lifted with immediate effect, upon ruling out all possibilities of COVID-19 disease presence in the capital for now.”
On June 12, a 72-hour lockdown was imposed in Thimphu after the 8-year-old boy of the Druk School tested positive in a Rapid Antigen Test.
The confirmatory RT-PCR test results on the boy produced negative results on Monday.
Test results on his family members and all the possible contacts of the boy also returned negative, paving the way for lifting of the lockdown in Thimphu.
“The confirmatory test of the 8-year-old suspect came out negative this afternoon. All close contacts and related 2,029 samples collected from the community also tested negative so far”, Tshering, who is also a doctor, said, adding “The lockdown was imposed to prevent potential spread of COVID . We were taking no chances.”
Bhutan’s Prime Minister further said: “It is critical that we maintain highest response standards, and do not compromise on all fronts, especially where it concerns our children.”
Bhutan is South Asia’s and the world’s few success stories in prevention of the COVID pandemic since its outbreak. Bhutan has so far reported only 1 death.
On January 7, a 34-year-old man, admitted to a hospital in Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, with pre-existing liver and kidney problems, died of COVID-19 ~ the only COVID death in Bhutan. (Agencies)