As new variants of Covid-19 come in

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Lockdown is a difficult experience for everybody, especially when service delivery is in question. Efficient service delivery is more important than easing the lockdown.

India assured support for second dose of vaccine: Foreign Minister 

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The government is positive that Bhutanese who received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca, will receive the second dose as per the schedule — eight to 12 weeks after the first dose.  

Mass testing to decide fate of lockdown in Phuentsholing

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Two weeks after the lockdown began in Phuentsholing, lifting it looks quite promising today considering the absence of a positive case from the community in the past one week.

Bhutan evacuates Covid-19 patients from Delhi 

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Thirty Bhutanese arrived home after they were air evacuated from Delhi in a special chartered Drukair flight yesterday.  

Monk succumbs to Covid-19 in Bodhgaya

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A senior monk of the zhung dratsang succumbed to Covid-19 in Bodhgaya, India, on April 24.

Zero to 100 in 35 days

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Thirty-five days after Bhutan managed to bring its active Covid-19 cases to zero, the country crossed the 100th mark as of yesterday, just 14 cases short  of 1,000 cases since March 5, 2020.  

Why we need to be extra careful

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The writing is on the wall. If the recent scare is not convincing to step up precautions, we shall have only ourselves to blame. Three hotel staff have tested positive in the capital. One had been out of the facility and mingled with people. Contacts are being traced and tested. There could be more, and in the community.

Authorities in Haa and Paro caution residents

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In the wake of increasing Covid-19 cases in the country, Haa dzongkhag restricted visitors from going to Rangtse nye and postponed its Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) session. 

A close call?

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Thousands of people thronged at the markets beginning yesterday afternoon as rumour of a possible lockdown in the capital went rife all over social media. Until late last night, streets remained clogged with traffic and shoppers collected whatever they could in the last minute buying spree before the shops closed. 

A close call for the capital city? 

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Thimphu will have to endure another lockdown beginning today if the test results of the contacts of the three infected hotel staff turn positive.  

We are missing the point

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The thromde elections are here. Over the past few weeks, we have been watching the formal debates and forums, we have been watching, hearing, and reading the news, we have been scouring social media sites and, of course, we have been indulging in our own discourse which includes gossip, rumour, speculation, not to forget the complaints and criticism.

All southern border areas under lockdown 

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Following a local transmission case involving two individuals in Phuentsholing yesterday, the national Covid-19 task force decided to lock down all thromdes and satellite towns in southern border dzongkhags since last night. Movement of individuals and vehicles will be restricted in these areas. 

Pandemic takes unemployment rate to 5 percent

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Aggravated by the overseas returnees and laid-off employees due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s unemployment rate has reached five percent, according to the Labour Force Survey Report (LFS).