The Bhutan government has imposed a nationwide lockdown starting from Tuesday after a locally transmitted COVID-19 case was reported.In an address to the nation in the early hours of Tuesday, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said the positive case was reported in Gelephu town and the female patient had come in close contact with many people in Paro, Thimphu and several other places, according to a media report.
He said after medication and isolation, the patient was declared recovered. But she tested positive again on Monday after being at home for 15 days.
From Monday evening to Tuesday morning, health authorities managed to trace 71 contacts who came in close contact with the patient.
All schools, institutions, offices and commercial establishments will remain closed, he added.
Meanwhile, the total number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 20 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 734,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Source: The Statesman