Bhutan Announces 7-Day Nationwide Lockdown

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Guwahati: The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has enforced a week-long lockdown starting Wednesday in a bid to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

“In continuation to the inter-district movement restriction imposed this morning, the national COVID-19 Taskforce decided the need for a more stringent action after detection of sporadic cases in flu clinics in Thimphu and Paro, and also in Lhamoizingkha, which is evident of local transmission,” a statement from the Prime Minister Lotay Tshering read.

Bhutan has seen 479 positive cases so far, out of which 430 have recovered. There have been no COVID related deaths yet.

During the lockdown, only essential services will be available. Schools, businesses and other places will remain closed. Movement of people will also be restricted.

 

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