One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

On the COVID-19 frontline

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Three doctors – two specialists and a general doctor and seven nurses are constantly monitoring the 76-year-old patient who tested positive for the new coronavirus at the national referral hospital’s isolation centre.
Choeten Korakeusnel

Choeten Kora tshechu postponed

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The famous Choeten kora or Namgang kora will not happen on March 24, as it used to be held every year. Trashiyangtse dzongkhag decided to call off one of the most popular festival in eastern Bhutan in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Haa prepared for COVID-19

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When the news of the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the country broke out, residents in Haa town rushed to grocery stores and fuel depots to stock up. Today, the town has returned to normalcy. 
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Trongsa prepared after COVID-19 scare

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Calm has returned to Trongsa after the patient, suspected of COVID-19 was discharged on March 8 and put under home quarantine.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Schools initiates ideas to keep students engaged

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The Ministry of Education is exploring ways to come up with a contingency plan if schools have to remain closed for more than the two weeks announced. All schools, including private schools in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Phuentsholing, and Wangdiphodrang were closed following the first COVID-19 case in the country.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

MoH fighting two battles: COVID19 and misinformation

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COVID-19 is spreading across the globe, so is misinformation about the disease. Bhutanese are no exception.  Social media is rife with false claims and fake news. For instance, drinking alcohol and eating garlic can help prevent an individual from contracting the virus. Eating ice cream should be avoided while gargling with warm saline water helps prevent the virus from entering the lungs are some of the widespread misinformation on various social media platforms.   
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Locals avoid tourists and guides

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Tour guide Yeshi Samdrup and his guests from Hong Kong were on tour to Talo in Punakha. As they approached Talo dzong, a group of people uneasily dispersed while a masked young man shouted, “Go away! We don’t want your coronavirus here.” More than the group’s reaction, Yeshi Samdrup was taken aback by the youth’s comment. He considered it a verbal harassment. “My guest felt uncomfortable hearing the word coronavirus.”
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Ban on tourists expected to continue if new cases detected

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Even as the government is making efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the possibility of new cases remains a major concern for the tourism sector, which has already taken a hit due to the two-week ban on tourists. Detection of new COVID-19 cases during the two weeks will lead to extension of the ban, according to the government.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Mongar and Lhuentse residents cautious of visitors

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After the first positive COVID-19 case was reported, worried residents of Mongar and Lhuentse were sceptical of allowing people from Thimphu and border areas to visit their towns.