Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

Govt in touch with 1,200 Bhutanese in India as some turn positive

According to the foreign ministry there are approximately 1,200 Bhutanese all over India as of 1st week of April and the ministry is in touch with them.

On April 29, 2021, 30 Bhutanese arrived in the country from the Royal Bhutan Embassy in Delhi and 26 of them are COVID-19 positive. Of which three are on oxygen and rest of them are stable.

The Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said they were evacuated because the situation there is worse and even the hospitals are all occupied and there is shortage of oxygen.

He said some have already recovered and they are doing fine and in a stable condition.

Lyonpo said due to deteriorating situation there, not only the officials from the Delhi Embassy, but 12 students and monks in India got infected with COVID-19. The foreign ministry is gathering all data and information from other parts of India as well. However, they are doing well and are not severe cases.

An official from Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) said some students have already returned and there are few who want to return back to Bhutan. While some are in college and they are safe

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that arrangements are being made to reach vaccines to Bhutanese away from home. Prime Minister said evacuation is also planned for those in COVID hotspots areas.

Meanwhile, the education minister Jai Bir Rai said there are students who tested positive for COVID-19 weeks ago and they have already recovered. The designated officers from DAHE and embassies from respective states are in touch with all the Bhutanese students not only in India but all over the world.

The education minister requested all the students abroad to do self-management and self-protection and maintain both physical and mental health. If any students wants to return back, they should immediately report to their respective embassy and government will help if needed. 

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