So far the country has reported 224 cases with 3 testing positive from Haa, on Friday morning and 27 from DANTAK in Phuentsholing. There are 84 are active cases.
As of now, all the active cases are doing well with no complications.
Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said to reduce the workload on health staff positive cases who are asymptomatic will be kept in quarantine centers and only those with symptoms will be kept in the hospital.
She said that most of the patients, although testing positive, are in quarantine centers since they are doing well. The country has four COVID centers in the country, Thimphu, Phuentsholing, Mongar and Gelephu.
Health Minister said after the detection of the first case in Phuentsholing on 12th August, which is the index case, the ministry had instituted an aggressive contact tracing and through which the ministry had contact traced and isolated 41 confirmed positive MDP cases recognizing that the need to reassess the risks of Phuentsholing.
The ministry has also started doing community wide surveillance from the 15th of August till 24th of August during which more than 25,000 samples are collected.
People along the main national highway given the risk of interaction will be tested and three teams have been deployed and collected samples from around 3,000 people living along the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway, said Health Minister.
Lyonpo also called upon people to cooperate by staying indoors.
“To be honest during the lockdown some people are not staying indoors as while doing contact tracing we find people have been moving around,” said the minister.
Lyonpo also said that in the case of Bhutan whatever the definition of transmission the approach is to go all out with aggressive testing.
She said large numbers of tests are being done and Bhutan has done among the highest tests.
She said the moment they find a positive case they isolate it in a facility and not at home. The other step is early treatment. “Our objective is containment,” stressed Lyonpo.
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