National Situational Update on COVID-19 (14-08-2020)

Data as of 12-13/08/2020
Source: Ministry of Health-Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MoHBhutan

Highlights:

2 men (aged 24 and 25) and a 32-year-old woman who are the primary contacts of the positive case from Phuntsholing are all found to be COVID-19 positive. They are from the Mini Dry Port quarantine facility and not from the community.

Appeal:

a. With cases reported outside the quarantine facilities, there is now a heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19. Everyone is requested to Stay at Home. Under unavoidable circumstances, when you need to leave the house to dispose waste or collect deliveries of essential supplies, please make sure to wear a mask, maintain physical distance and wash your hands immediately upon returning home. It’s “Our Gyenkhu” to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19.

b. The Ministry of Health would like to appeal to every Bhutanese to strictly abide by the COVID-19 prevention measures put in place by the government. One such critical measure is the mandatory quarantine of 21 days for all Bhutanese entering the country from an overseas travel/stay, we request every Bhutanese returning to the country to strictly abide by it or face consequences as per the laws of the land.

c. The Ministry of Health strongly urges all Bhutanese especially those residing in the southern border towns to practice effective physical distancing, good personal hygiene, and proper cough etiquette, at all times.

Definitions:

a. Confirmed: number of people who have tested positive through COVID-19 tests.

b. Active: number of people who are currently in the isolation facilities because they are still COVID-19 positive.

c. *Recovered: number of people who have tested negative on COVID-19 test and declared as recovered. Those who test negative twice over a 24 hour period are kept under 14 days of observation in a quarantine facility.

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