Bittersweet reunion

Phub Dem | Paro

Facility quarantine centres in Paro finally have come alive. Parents have come to pick up their children from the centres after a three-week quarantine.

Kinga Wangmo has come to pick up her daughter who was quarantined after returning from the US. Teary-eyed, she takes a long breath.

“I can’t believe my daughter is finally going home,” she says. “I have spent many a sleepless hour.”

Three weeks ago, Kinga Wangmo welcomed her daughter from the airport’s viewpoint. It was difficult. “The question of what she was infected kept her awake and worried.”

But, as a teacher, Kinga Wangmo had to focus on e-teaching. “I am grateful to His Majesty The King, the government and countless professionals and volunteers for taking care of our children.”

Yeshey Tshogyal Lhamo, a student studying in Punjab, India is excited to meet with her parents. “It [quarantine] felt like a vacation. I was worried about it in the beginning but gradually everything began to feel normal.”

She is determined to continue isolating herself even after getting home. “The threat is there still.”

A total of 427 people have been released from facility quarantine centres in Paro yesterday.

Arrivals

Bhutanese living abroad continue to fly home. Two-hundred and seventy eight Bhutanese from Sri Lanka and Banglore, India arrived in the country on April 10 and 11.

On Friday, a Drukair flight returned with 139 passengers—59 were from Colombo, Sri Lanka and 80 from Chennai, India.

Among the 80 passengers from Chennai, there were 7 referral patients with 16 attendants. Swap samples of both patients and attendants were collected.

On Saturday, 139 Bhutanese from Bangalore arrived in the country.

Nima Latho, a monk who returned from Mysore, said that he and his siblings tried to fly back earlier but were unsuccessful.

With the increase in Covid-19 cases in India, he said it was not safe to live in the monasteries.

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