Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar

A 36-year-old woman from Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) colony in Samdrupjongkhar tested Covid-19 positive yesterday. 

She will be sent to the isolation centre in Mongar today.

The woman is a wife of a policeman and works with security section at Tashi Bank. 

A woman felt difficulties in breathing and visited the hospital around 3am yesterday as the flu clinic was closed. The health officials collected samples and sent for an RT-PCR test. She tested positive later.

The officials collected samples from about 17 primary contacts and sent for RT-PCR test. All of the samples from the contacts tested negative. 

Officials also carried out an antigen test on about 51 secondary contacts. The direct contacts are at facility quarantine and the secondary contacts under home quarantine.

“We are concerned about how a woman tested positive because she has no recent travel history. We need to be more cautious as the pandemic is unpredictable,” a resident said.

According to sources, her husband went to Phuentsholing for vehicle repair on April 7 and returned on April 12. He was kept under the Covid-19 surveillance scanner, tested negative to RT-PCR on April 18, and resumed his duty.

The travel history of the woman’s husband to Phuentsholing via India and other possible associations are being thoroughly studied. 

The woman’s daughter, her classmates, and teachers in Samdrupjongkhar MSS are being quarantined at home.