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July 3, 2020

Rapid Antigen testing is starting this week along the bordering areas, high-risk population, and emergency cases. This test takes 30 minutes to give test results and is more specific in comparison to Rapid Antibody tests. Starting this week, we have also established a COVID-19 testing center in Gelephu. Antigen and Antibody tests will be performed in all the Dzongkhag while the PCR test will be performed only at the designated 4 COVID-19 testing centers.

– Health Minister


July 2, 2020: QUARANTINE AT A GLANCE 

Over a period of four months

A total of 8732 people have been quarantined as of 28th June 2020, of which 8324 were repatriated and rest are either primary contacts of the positive cases, frontline workers or the quarantine protocol violators.

Going by gender a total of 4696 male and 4036 female were quarantined.

35 infants under the age of 2 were quarantined during this period, 333 were between the age of 2 to 17, 7006 were between the age 18 to 34, 1252 were between the age of 35 to 60 and 106 were elderly population above the age of 60.

The highest number of people who were quarantined are students (3649) through repatriation.

India, Kuwait and UAE brought in the highest number of people inside Bhutan.

– Ministry of Health


BHUTAN FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES NU. 12 MILLION TO HIS MAJESTY’S KIDU FUND FOR COVID-19

June 24, 2020 - Thimphu, Bhutan: The Bhutan Foundation, upon the command of its co-chair, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, offered a contribution of Twelve Million Ngultrum to His Majesty’s Kidu Fund for COVID-19 through the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon. This contribution to the COVID-19 fund is a gesture of gratitude and deep respect for the tireless efforts of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo for the welfare of the Bhutanese people in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...


June 23, 2020

One more tests positive of COVID-19 test

Highlight: A 28 year old woman who came from the Middle East and was quarantined in Thimphu has tested positive in the COVID-19 test performed today. She will be moved to the isolation tomorrow.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bhutan is 70.

– Ministry of Health


June 22, 2020

One more tests positive of COVID-19

A 46 year old man who recently came from India has tested positve for the COVID-19 test performed today at the Phuentsholing hospital.

He is currently at a quarantine facility in Phuentsholing and will be moved to the isolation facility.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 69.

– Ministry of Health


June 19, 2020

One more person tests positive of COVID-19 in Phuntsholing.

A 40 year old man who returned from India and currently in a quarantine facility in Phuntsholing has tested positive today. He is yet to be moved to the isolation facility.

This makes it the 68th COVID-19 positive case of Bhutan.

– Ministry of Health


June 15, 2020

One more tests positive of COVID-19

A 27 year old male tested positive from a quarantine facility in Paro yesterday. He came from the Middle East. He will be moved to the isolation later today.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan goes up to 67.

– Health Ministry


June 13, 2020

Four more people tested positive yesterday

They are three males and one female. All of them came from the Middle East and are quarantined at the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They will be moved to the isolation later today.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bhutan is now 66.

–Ministry of Health


June 10, 2020

Highlight: Three new tested positive of COVID-19.

All three are males and all of them came from the Middle East. They are in a quarantine facility in Thimphu and will be moved to the isolation later today.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 62.

The total active cases as of now is 22 while 22 are in de-isolation. A total of 18 patients have fully recovered and there is no death case in Bhutan from COVID-19 until now.

– Ministry of Health


June 7, 2020

11 new COVID-19 positive cases detected
Six are female and five are male.

All of them returned from the Middle East and are quarantined at Thimphu. They will be moved to the isolation later today.

With the new confirmed cases, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Bhutan is 59.


June 4, 2020

One more tests positive of COVID-19.

The person who tested positive is a 33 year old male who came from the middle east and is quarantined at the Paro. He will be moved to the isolation later today.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 48.


June 3, 2020

Highlights:

1. No new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

2. The dashboard wears a new look today with number of people under isolation and de-isolation included under the overview. The following is what the new terminologies briefly stand for:

a. Isolation: Isolation is basically a facility where the confirmed positive cases are kept under observation or treated after they are confirmed as positive. The isolation facility is usually a hospital except the RIGSS hostel in the case of Phuentsholing.

b. De-Isolation: De-Isolation is the 2 week long period where a confirmed positive case is kept under further observation after they test negative twice (24 hours apart) while they are in isolation. The De-Isolation facility is usually a tourist-grade hotel.

The dashboard also contains sex dis-aggregated data on total cases and total recovered cases.

Situational update from Ministry of Health


June 1, 2020

Four more people tested positive of COVID-19

They are two males and two females from quarantine facilities in Thimphu.

All four came from the Middle East on the 29th of May 2020 and are in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They will be moved to the isloation later today.

The COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 47.


May 30, 2020

10 more tested positive of COVID-19

Seven females and three males were tested positive of COVID-19. All of them returned from the Middle East. 8 are from the quarantine facilities in Thimphu and 2 from Paro, They are yet to be moved to the isolation.

Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 43.

– Ministry of Health


May 29, 2020

Two more tested positive in yesterday's COVID-19 tests.

The ones who tested positive are a male 28-years-old and a female 24-years-old. Both of them returned from the Middle East and are at quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They will be moved to the isolation later today.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan go up to 33.

– Ministry of Health


May 28, 2020

Bhutan records 31 positive cases of COVID-19

Three more COVID-19 cases ( 25/M, 27/F, 23/F) have been reported from the quarantine facilities in Paro. All of them returned from the Middle East on 24th May 2020.

This makes the 29th, 30th and 31st COVID-19 Cases in the country.

– Ministry of Health


May 27, 2020

28th COVID-19 case in Bhutan

A female aged 24 from a quarantine facility in Phuentsholing has been detected positive today. She returned from India yesterday (26 May 2020). The case will be managed in the Phuentsholing COVID-19 center.

This makes it the 28th COVID-19 positive cases in the country.

– Ministry of Health


May 24, 2020

Three more Bhutanese tested positive

Three more Bhutanese tested positive of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases of Bhutan to 27.

The three new cases are of two males – 23 and 29 years old – and one female who is 29 years old. All of them came back to Bhutan from the Middle East. Of the three, two are in a quarantine facility in Thimphu and one in Paro. They will be moved to the isolation ward today.


May 23, 2020

One more tested COVID-19 positive.

The person who tested positive is a 33 year old female who came from the Middle East. She is in a quarantine facilitiy in Thimphu and will be moved to the isolation today.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 24.

– Ministry of Health


May 22, 2020

Two more COVID-19 positive cases detected

Two more COVID-19 positive cases detected today. The positive cases are of two female – 30 years and 28 years old – coming from the Middle East. They are from the quarantine facilities in Thimphu and yet to be moved to the isolation ward.

This takes the total COVID-19 positive case of Bhutan to 23.

– Health Minister.


May 18, 2020

22 Bhutanese infected with COVID-19 overseas

A Bhutanese living in Qatar is confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. This takes the number of Bhutanese overseas infected with the coronavirus to 22.

Source: Ministry of Health.


May 15, 2020:

21st case of COVID-19 in Bhutan

One more COVID-19 positive case detected. It brings the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan to 21.

The new case is a 29 year old female coming from the middle east. She is in a quarantine facility in Thimphu and will be moved to the isolation later today.


May 14, 2020

20th COVID-19 case of Bhutan.

Of the 99 samples tested today, 1 more tested positive, making it the 20th COVID-19 case of Bhutan.

The person who tested positive is a 30 year old male who recently returned from the Middle East and is in a quarantine facility in Thimphu. He is yet to be moved to the isolation facility.

271 people completed their 21 days quarantine today after testing COVID-19 negative.

Source: Ministry of Health, RGoB


May 14, 2020

Four more COVID-19 positive cases detected.

All 4 new cases are of females 31, 29, 24 and 27 year old. They came to Bhutan from the Middle East and are in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They are yet to be moved to the isolation facility.

This takes Bhutan's total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 19.

Source: Ministry of Health, RGoB


May 13, 2020

Four new COVID-19 positive cases detected by PCR test.

The ones who tested positive are 2 males (33 and 32 year old) and 2 females (23 and 26 year old). All of them have returned to Bhutan from the Middle East and all are in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They are yet to be moved to the isolation ward.

These new positive cases take the total COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan to 15.

Update on PCR tests conducted at various testing centers


May 11, 2020

Highlight:

An additional 120 samples were tested at the Royal Centre for Disease Control post-midnight and the results have come out this morning.

A 25 year old male and a 27 year old female have tested COVID-19 positive in COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. Both of them have returned to Bhutan from the Middle East and both were in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They are now moved to the isolation ward.

These two new positive cases make it the 10th and 11th COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan.

Two tested positive from PCR test taking total COVID-19 case in Bhutan to 11


April 30, 2020: Press Release from The Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Kidu

The Druk Gyalpo's Relief Kidu has granted Nu. 150 million as the first disbursement of the Relief Kidu to 13,006 people. The Relief Kidu will be at Nu. 12,000 per person per month for recipients of the full amount of the Kidu and Nu. 8,000 per month for recipients of the partial amount of the Kidu. Additional support of Nu. 800 per child per month will be granted to eligible beneficiaries with children. The Kidu will be provided for three months – April, May and June 2020. Read more...


April 28, 2020:

The first Bhutanese and the 3rd COVID-19 case in the country is being declared recovered after completing the 2 weeks de-isolation period. The individual tested negative upon completing the 2 weeks de-isolation period.

Therefore, five of seven have now recovered.

Source: Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan.



Press Release

Legendary Artists Keola Beamer and Jigme Drukpa Spread Aloha from the Himalayas to Hawai`i in a Free Online Concert and Q&A

Washington, DC, April 8, 2020: On Friday, April 17, enter the worlds of award-winning artists Keola Beamer and Jigme Drukpa as they bring together the sounds of the Himalayas and Hawai`i in a free livestream concert and interactive Q&A session. Read more...


Full post from His Majesty's Facebook page update:

18 April 2020:

His Majesty The King arrived in Thimphu after a weeklong visit to Samtse and Phuentsholing to review security and preparatory measures to combat COVID-19.

In Phuentsholing, His Majesty visited Amochu Land Development and Township Project area, to inspect progress of the work on construction of shelters for the Bhutanese evacuated from Jaigoan before the closure of the border. 1,300 RBA personnel together with around 180 volunteers from Technical Training Institutes have been working to compete the structures by the end of this month. Over a thousand households, living in school and college campuses in Phuentsholing at present, will be accommodated in these houses.

His Majesty also granted Audiences to the COVID-19 Task Force members in Phuentsholing, Gomtu, and Samtse.

In Samtse, His Majesty visited settlements along the border, where there is risk of cross-border transmissions. The borders are being patrolled by the RBA and RBP, together with DeSuups and volunteers from the nearby villages.

His Majesty also granted separate Audiences to the DeSuups being trained in Samtse, Tendruk and Tashichoeling.

An accelerated DeSuung training programme to train about 2,500 teachers, in-service graduates, unemployed youth, and other volunteers simultaneously in 7 different locations is currently underway. The 3-week programme, which started on the 6th of April, has special focus on public health and security, to prepare the trainees to support health workers in our efforts against COVID-19 if necessary.

All the volunteers and trainers were tested for COVID-19 at the start of the program to rule out the possibility of a community spread.

Training for another batch of 2,520 DeSuups will start from 4th of May.


April 10th, 2020: His Majesty's Address to the Nation

English Translation of His Majesty's Address to the Nation

The world is faced with an unprecedented challenge due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The risks unleashed by this pandemic are escalating by the day.

Realising that Bhutan will not be an exception to the adverse effects of this global pandemic, we have planned and implemented various strategies to cope with the threat in a timely and effective manner. Read full translation...


From Coronavirus to Corona Victory

The second Bhutanese to test positive for Covid-19 shares her views with Kuensel in this letter written from the isolation ward of the national referral hospital. Read more...


Letter from a Hotel Room

The room’s well furnished, spick-and-span. A queen-size bed in the centre, there is also a table by the side with a water boiler, tea bags, instant coffee packets and sugar arranged neatly by expert hands. This is my room at Tsherim Resort in Paro. Read more...


Thank You Bhutan

The second Covid-19 patient, Sandi Fischer shares her experience

Like most tourists, Sandi Fischer and her partner, Bert Hewitt planned a trip to Bhutan to explore the country’s unique culture and tradition.

On the list of places to visit, the Americans had Thimphu, Paro and Punakha.   “Bert and I really enjoy hiking so part of our decision was related to that, as well as hearing wonderful things about the people and culture of Bhutan.”

However, their plan began to fall apart as they arrived in the country on March 2. Bert Hewitt,76, started feeling ill soon after their plane landed at the Paro international airport. Read more...


The Two First COVID-19 Patients Recover

Early detection and containment approach, which Bhutan has adopted to fight against Covid-19, has worked well for the country.

While the three Bhutanese who have tested positive to the virus were already placed in designated quarantine facilities upon their arrival in the country, the first two patients have recovered. Read more...


Media coverage on e-book launch:


March 30, 2020

Letter from the Prime Minister of Bhutan to those in quarantine

My dear friends in quarantine,

Today, the government decided to extend the quarantine period from initial 14 to 21 days. The decision was arrived at purely to align with the COVID-19 response modes we are adopting by the day.

The country is embracing highest preventive approach and as our surveillance picks up more cases from the quarantine facilities, this is one of the ways to minimise possibilities of missing out. Read full letter...


Press Release from Prime Minister's Office
March 27, 2020

As we strive to stay ahead of the spread of coronavirus, with His Majesty’s guidance, the government has introduced highest level of preventive measures all along. This includes recent closure of all border gates early this week.

Reinforced by an efficient containment system, the government is making efforts to come out of the pandemic with slightest of burden on the people of Bhutan. Read full press release...


HIS MAJESTY ADDRESSES THE NATION ON COVID-19

English translation of His Majesty the King's address

Starting today, our land borders will be sealed.

We are compelled to take this drastic measure in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. As you have been made aware through various government bulletins, the virus is spreading, causing immense disruption worldwide, and drawing closer to us each day. Read full translation...


LESSONS FROM BHUTAN'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Prime Minister of Bhutan distributing free hand sanitizer in Thimphu Photo: PMO

As the situation around COVID-19 develops around the world, we’re seeing story after story of growing challenges and the heroic people in our health sectors who are rising to meet those challenges. We at the Bhutan Foundation wanted to take a moment to recognize the speed, compassion, and consideration that His Majesty the King and Bhutan’s leaders in the government, including the Prime Minister and the Health Minister, took to address the public when the virus made its way across the border this March and to offer our own ways to stay engaged during this uncertain time.

Read full letter from our Executive Director


July 9, 2020

1. No new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

2. One individual has been moved to de-isolation after testing negative twice (24 hours apart) while under isolation. This takes the total for de-isolation to 20.


July 8, 20201. No new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

2. One individual is being declared as recovered taking the total for recovered to 55.


July 7, 2020Highlights:
1. No confirmed positive cases in the last 24 hours.2. One individual is being declared as recovered taking the total for recovered to 54.3. One individual has been moved to a de-isolation facility after testing negative twice (24 hours apart) while under isolation. This takes the total for de-isolation to 20.

July 6, 2020

Highlights:
1. Two individuals returning from the middle-east tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the overall total for confirmed cases to 80.

2. Two individuals are being declared as recovered taking the total for recovered to 53.

3. Three individuals have been moved to a de-isolation facility after testing negative twice (24 hours apart) while under isolation. This takes the total for de-isolation to 20.



July 5, 2020

Highlights: No changes in major national figures.


July 4, 2020

Highlights:

1. One individual returning from the middle east tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the overall total for confirmed cases to 78.

2. One individual is
being declared as recovered after completing the 2 weeks de-isolation period and testing negative on RT-PCR. This takes the total for recovered to 51.



July 3, 2020

Highlights:
1. No new confirmed cases reported in the last 24 hours.2. Four individuals are being moved to a de-isolation facility taking the total under de-isolation to 18.


July 2, 2020

Highlights:
1. No confirmed cases reported in the last 24 hours.
2. Two individuals are being declared as recovered taking the total for recovered to 50.

 


July 1, 2020

Highlights:
1. No confirmed cases reported in the last 24 hours.
2. Four individuals are being declared as recovered taking the total for recovered to 48.
3. Bhutan has now crossed the 25000 mark for total number of tests conducted so far.


June 30, 2020
Highlights:
1. One individual tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the overall total for confirmed cases in the country to 77.2. One individual has been moved to a de-isolation facility after testing negative twice (24 hours apart) while under isolation taking the total for de-isolation to 18.


June 29, 2020

Highlights:

  1. 1. A 29 year old male who returned from the Middle East and currently quarantined at Paro has tested positive in the COVID-19 test performed yesterday. He will be moved to the isolation today. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 77.
  2. 2. Six individuals are being declared as recovered after completing their 2 week de-isolation period and testing negative on RT-PCR. This take the total for recovered to 44, and the current recovery rate to 57.9%.


June 28, 2020


June 27, 2020

A 25 year old student who recently returned from India has tested postive in the COVID-19 test performed yesterday. He is in a quarantine facility in Phuntsholing and will be moved to isolation today.

This makes it the 76th COVID-19 positive case of Bhutan.

– Ministry of Health


June 26, 2020

Highlight: Five men who were repatriated from the Middle East tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. One of them is quarantined in Thimphu and rest 4 in Paro. This takes the overall total for confirmed cases in the country to 75.

Highlights:

1. No new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

2. Four individuals are being declared as recovered after completing their de-isolation period and testing negative on RT-PCR. This takes the total for recovered to 38 and the current recovery rate to 54.3%.


June 25, 2020


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June 23, 2020

Highlight: A 28 year old woman who came from the Middle East and was quarantined in Thimphu has tested positive in the COVID-19 test performed today. She will be moved to the isolation tomorrow.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bhutan is 70.


June 22, 2020

Highlight: One more tests positive of COVID-19

A 46 year old man who recently came from India has tested positve for the COVID-19 test performed today at the Phuentsholing hospital.

He is currently at a quarantine facility in Phuentsholing and will be moved to the isolation facility.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 69.


June 21, 2020


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June 19, 2020

One more person tests positive of COVID-19 in Phuntsholing.

A 40 year old man who returned from India and currently in a quarantine facility in Phuntsholing has tested positive today. He is yet to be moved to the isolation facility.

This makes it the 68th COVID-19 positive case of Bhutan.


June 18, 2020


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June 15, 2020

Highlight: A 27 year old male tested positive from a quarantine facility in Paro yesterday. He came from the Middle East. He will be moved to the isolation later today.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan goes up to 67.


June 14, 2020


June 13, 2020

Four more people tested positive yesterday

They are three males and one female. All of them came from the Middle East and are quarantined at the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They will be moved to the isolation later today.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Bhutan is now 66.


June 12, 2020


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June 10, 2020

Highlight: Three new tested positive on COVID-19.

All three are males and all of them came from the Middle East. They are in a quarantine facility in Thimphu and will be moved to the isolation later today.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 62. The active cases as of now is 22 while 22 are in de-isolation. A total of 18 have fully recovered and there is no death case in Bhutan from COVID-19 until now.

Ministry of Health


June 9, 2020


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June 7, 2020

11 new COVID-19 positive cases detected yesterday, 6 are female and 5 are male.

All of them returned from the Middle East and are quarantined at Thimphu. They will be moved to the isolation later today.

With the new confirmed cases, the total number of COVID-19 cases have now gone up to 59.


June 6, 2020


June 5, 2020


June 4, 2020

One more tests positive on the COVID-19 test performed yesterday.

The person who tested positive is a 33 year old male who came from the middle east and is quarantined at the Paro. He will be moved to the isolation later today.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 48.


June 3, 2020


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June 1, 2020

Highlight:

4 more people tested positive in the COVID-19 test yesterday, 2 male and 2 female.

All 4 came from the middle east on the 29th of May 2020 and are in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They will be moved to the isloation later today.

The COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan is now 47.


May 31, 2020


May 30, 2020

Highlight: 10 more tested positive of COVID-19 (7 females and 3 males.)

All of them returned from the Middle East. 8 are from the quarantine facilities in Thimphu and 2 from Paro, They are yet to be moved to the isolation.

Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 43.


May 29, 2020

Highlight:

Two more tested positive in yesterday's COVID-19 tests.

The ones who tested positive are a male 28-years-old and a female 24-years-old. Both of them returned from the Middle East and are at quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They will be moved to the isolation later today.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan go up to 33.


May 28, 2020


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May 24, 2020

Highlight:

Three more Bhutanese tested positive, bringing the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan to 27.

The three new cases are of two males – 23 and 29 years old – and one female who is 29 years old. All of them came back to Bhutan from the Middle East. Of the three, two are in a quarantine facility in Thimphu and one in Paro. They will be moved to the isolation ward today.


May 23, 2020


May 22, 2020

Highlight: One more Bhutanese tested COVID-19 positive from the batch of 232 PCR tests conducted last night. This takes total of COVID-10 positive case in Bhutan to 24.


May 22, 2020

Two more COVID-19 positive cases detected

Two more COVID-19 positive cases detected today. The positive cases are of two female – 30 years and 28 years old – coming from the Middle East. They are from the quarantine facilities in Thimphu and yet to be moved to the isolation ward.

This takes the total COVID-19 positive case of Bhutan to 23.

– Health Minister.


May 21, 2020


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May 18, 2020:

22 Bhutanese infected with COVID-19 overseas

A Bhutanese living in Qatar is confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. This takes the number of Bhutanese overseas infected with the coronavirus to 22.

Source: Ministry of Health.


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May 15, 2020:

One more COVID-19 positive case detected. It brings the total number of COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan to 21.

The new case is a 29 year old female coming from the middle east. She is in a quarantine facility in Thimphu and will be moved to the isolation later today.


May 14, 2020

Highlight

Of the 99 samples tested today, 1 more tested positive, making it the 20th COVID-19 case of Bhutan.

The person who tested positive is a 30 year old male who recently returned from the Middle East and is in a quarantine facility in Thimphu. He is yet to be moved to the isolation facility.

271 people completed their 21 days quarantine today after testing COVID-19 negative.


May 14, 2020

Four more COVID-19 positive cases detected.

All 4 new cases are of females 31, 29, 24 and 27 year old. They came to Bhutan from the Middle East and are in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They are yet to be moved to the isolation facility.

This takes Bhutan's total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 19.

Source: Ministry of Health, RGoB


May 13, 2020

Highlight:

4 new COVID-19 positive cases detected by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test.

The ones who tested positive are 2 males (33 and 32 year old) and 2 females (23 and 26 year old). All of them have returned to Bhutan from the Middle East and all are in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They are yet to be moved to the isolation ward.

These new positive cases take the total COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan to 15.


May 12, 2020


May 11, 2020

Highlight:

An additional 120 samples were tested at the Royal Centre for Disease Control post-midnight and the results have come out this morning.

A 25 year old male and a 27 year old female have tested COVID-19 positive in COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. Both of them have returned to Bhutan from the Middle East and both were in the quarantine facilities in Thimphu. They are now moved to the isolation ward.

These two new positive cases make it the 10th and 11th COVID-19 positive cases of Bhutan.


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April 28, 2020

Highlight:

The first Bhutanese and the 3rd COVID-19 case in the country is being declared recovered after completing the 2 weeks de-isolation period. The individual tested negative upon completing the 2 weeks de-isolation period.

Therefore, five of seven have now recovered.


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April 22, 2020

Highlight: Of the 262 COVID-19 PCR tests performed today, 1 tested positive.

The person who tested positive is a 24-year-old Bhutanese male who came from a Middle East country and was placed in a quarantine facility in Paro.

This makes it the 7th #COVID19 positive case of Bhutan.


April 21, 2020


April 20, 2020

Highlight: 13 samples were tested by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and one sample tested positive. The person who tested positive came from a Middle East country and was placed in a quarantine facility in Paro, now moved to the isolation ward in Thimphu.

This makes it the 6th #COVID19 case for Bhutan.


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April 11th, 2020: Rapid test results for those who completed their 21 days of quarantine period from Ministry of Health


April 11th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health


April 10th, 2020: Rapid test results of those who completed their 21 days of quarantine period today:









April 9th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health


April 8th: Rapid test results update from Ministry of Health


April 8th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health


April 7th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health


April 6th, 2020: Updates on sample tests from Ministry of Health:


April 6th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health


NOTICE: With effect from 5th April 2020, the Ministry of Health will be testing samples of suspected cases twice a week (every Monday and Thursday). However, emergency sample tests will be performed as and when required.


April 5th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health.


April 4th, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health:


April 3rd, 2020: Sample test update:


April 2nd, 2020: Situational update from Ministry of Health:


April 2nd, 2020: Of the 47 #COVID19 tests performed today, 1 tested positive.

A student studying in the US who is currently in a quarantine facility in Bhutan is now the fifth confirmed case of Bhutan.


April 1st, 2020: National situational update from Ministry of Health:


March 31, 2020: Update on sample test results:


March 30, 2020: Update on sample test results:



March 30, 2020
The Partner of the First COVID-19 case tests negative

The partner of the first #COVID19 case, who had also tested postive earlier, has now tested negative. She is now kept in the quarantine for 7 days to oberve further signs and symptom. If there are no signs and symptoms, she will be released thereafter.

Health Minister



March 30, 2020: National situational update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan.


March 29, 2020: National Situational update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan


Update on sample test as of March 29, 2020:



March 28, 2020
Learning along with the crisis.

With fear and anxiety over ruling everyone around the world due to the COVID-19, the Ministry of Health taking one step ahead, has now formed the COVID-19 Mental Health Team for the wellbeing of all the vulnerable Bhutanese.

The team consists of trained clinical counsellors from the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan and Psychiatrist from JDWNRH. The Risk communication team together with the Mental Health team will be working on a package of materials which will be rolled out to all the 20 Dzongkhags for the benefit of the public.


March 28, 2020
National situational update by the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan:


Update on sample test as of March 28, 2020:


Update on sample test as of March 27, 2020 by the Ministry of Health:



Read full news on Kuensel and BBS website


March 27, 2020: Situational update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan


March 26, 2020: Update on COVID-19 tests conducted:


March 26, 2020: Press briefing


In a move to advocate physical/social distancing, journalists are sat a meter apart at the ongoing press brief on COVID-19.

Today’s press brief is primarily to update the media and the nation on the third COVID-19 positive case.

Hon'ble Health Minister informed the media that the student (who recently returned from Europe) was under facility quarantine ever-since her arrival and has now been moved to the isolation room and is in stable condition.

Her Excellency also informed the media that all 31 primary contacts of the student have been tracked down and placed under facility quarantine.

With adequate quarantine facilities well identified and equipped, and all incoming Bhutanese put under facility quarantine immediately upon entering the country, Hon. Lyonpo reiterated that Bhutan is a few steps ahead of the pandemic and that we should all collectively be proud of our efforts and achievement.

In view of our collective proactiveness in dealing with COVID-19, Her Excellency informed the media that Bhutan’s response to the Pandemic can be classified as ‘Gold Standard’.


March 26, 2020: Situational update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan


March 25, 2020: Update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan:

One positive case today from the quarantined lot. More information will be shared during the press brief tomorrow.



March 25, 2020: National situational update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan:



March 24, 2020:

Source: Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan




March 24, 2020: National situational update from the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan:


March 23, 2020: Update from Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan.


March 23, 2020

No more home quarantine from today

Starting today, Bhutanese returning from abroad will not be given the home-quarantine alternative except patients. According to the Health Minister, some people in home-quarantine are found loitering and interacting with other people. Read full news...


March 23, 2020

Message from Foreign Minister to all Bhutanese living abroad

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is now affecting the whole world. Many countries and territories have taken sudden and extraordinary measures like lockdowns, curfews and travel bans to prevent the spread of the contagion. Such measures have and will affect Bhutanese living abroad, such as difficulty in flying back to Bhutan among many other inconveniences. Read full message...



March 22, 2020

Bhutan closes its international borders

Starting 6am tomorrow (March 23, 2020), Royal Government of Bhutan will close all international borders.

1. No movement of vehicles across the borders except the authorized.

2. No Bhutanese shall be allowed to travel out of the country.

3. All incoming Bhutanese will be quarantined.

4. Exit will be allowed for non-Bhutanese.

5. Incoming non-Bhutanese will be scrutinized and quarantined where applicable.

6. Absolutely no movement of vehicles or people across informal routes.

7. The government will ensure the continued supply of all commodities.

– Prime Minister's Office



March 20, 2020

Press Release

Partner Tests Positive

The partner of the first COVID-19 case in the country has tested positive this morning. Prime Minister informed the public at the press briefing. Read full press release...


March 20, 2020

Royal Education Council launches Education in Emergency curriculum

The Education in Emergency (EiE) curriculum guidelines have been specifically designed for schools and teachers to keep students engaged meaningfully and continue their education. The EiE curriculum is one that has carefully identified the most critical learning areas, themes and topics to be taught through various appropriate remote means given the limited time and space during an emergency, particilarly COVID-19 situation. It is recommended that schools explore various ways to deliver the recommended syllabi. We are working with MOE, BBS and volunteer teachers to record lessons based on this prioritised curriculum. We have agreed on a plan of BBS broadcasting the recorded video lessons from March 25, 2020.


March 19, 2020
A Prince is Born

Just as the burst of blooms all around, and speckles of assorted petals around Lingkana Palace in Thimphu, spring peaks to a zenith today. Read full post...


March 18, 2020:

We would like to reiterate that the restriction imposed on incoming tourists will be sustained until further notice.

Two weeks restriction, which ends tomorrow, was decided upon after the detection of first case on March 5. While the situation back home is under control, the global trend of coronavirus is not encouraging for us to lift the ban.
– Prime Minister's Office, Bhutan


March 17, 2020:

All schools and educational institutes across the country will remain closed starting tomorrow (March 18), until further order from the government. Read more...
– Prime Minister's Office, Bhutan


March 14, 2020

Thank you to the people of Bhutan and our health heroes

Past midnight, I called US to check on our patient, the COVID-19 case, and was told the flight just landed. Around 2am, I received an email from his daughter, stating that his condition was stable and doing very well. Read full update from Hon'ble Prime Minister.


March 9, 2020

Press Release

The government has started working on comprehensive response plan, should the consequences of coronavirus in the country stretch for longer period. Read full press release...


March 7, 2020:

Update: The government would like to inform that all schools in Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag and Phuentsholing Thromde will remain closed from March 9 to 15.

This is in keeping the consultations and feedback from the ground, as government continues to closely monitor and prevent the risks of COVID-19.

– Prime Minister's Office, Bhutan


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March 7, 2020

Day one with COVID-19

Our people woke up to fear and alarm, as official communications went out about the first corona virus case in the country early yesterday. The rest of the day tested our endurance, emotions and spirit while trying to overcome the trouble in front of us. Read full post


March 6, 2020:

Update: The partner of the 76-year-old patient who became the first confirmed coronavirus case in the country today, the travel guide and the driver all tested negative.

They were among the first batch of 18 suspects, all showing negative, according to the results Royal Centre for Disease Control (RCDC) released a while ago.


Press Release

March 6, 2020

First confirmed COVID-19 case in Bhutan

We would like to inform the general public that one positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed at 11pm on March 5. The result was validated at 12.30 am today.

The patient is a 76-year-old from the United States of America, who had come to Bhutan as a tourist. He had entered the country from Paro International Airport, after embarking Drukair flight KB241 from Guwahati, India on March 2. Read full press release.

WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED DURING SELF-ISOLATION

We know things are rough right now, but you’re not alone. You can stay in contact with the Bhutan Foundation team in DC and Thimphu for more information as the situation develops, by emailing us directly, or by joining our new Facebook Discussion Group to share stories, books, and movie recommendations during this period of self-isolation.

Video Resources

The Cup

Travellers and Magicians

Made in Bhutan

Amrith: A story of his inner vision

School Among Glaciers - Bhutan

Special: A Bhutanese documentary on people living with disabilities


The Extraordinary Journey of Bhutan (English)

 


Tendrel Zangmo: The First Radio-collared Tiger of Bhutan

Featured books for children

As for the kids in your family who may be stuck at home away from school, we're also releasing our Snow Leopard Readers as free ebooks! The books available in both English and Dzongkha, is part of our Snow Leopard Conservation Education Program for schools in rural areas of Bhutan to teach lessons on Bhutanese values in conservation. The stories were written by Bhutanese teachers and illustrated by local artists with support from the Royal Education Council.
You can click the link below to download a free copy of this children's book until April 22, 2020.

English:


Dzongkha:

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