One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

A battle we must fight as one

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On the morning of March 6, Bhutan woke-up to the news of the first positive case of new coronavirus in the country. At Kuensel, we had put our two newspapers to bed but we were back in office at 3am to include in the newspaper an announcement of national importance on COVID-19.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Clash of national identity and national emergency

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After the country got the first case of COVID-19, numerous press briefings are being conducted almost every day. Among many issues, one major criticism is that the media professionals are not able to ask questions in Dzongkha.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

PM draws a clear strategy on the economy

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If surgeon Dr Lotay Tshering, the prime minister, had successfully controlled the tumour created by the new coronavirus so far, the attention now is on handling the impact COVID-19  left on the economy.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Mind Over Matter Bhutan

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Being prepared physically but also mentally to keep COVID-19 at bay In the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic and the global anxiety about the spread of the disease, it may be pertinent to discuss Mass
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Pandemic status changes nothing for Bhutan: PM 

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the new coronavirus outbreak pandemic will not change anything in Bhutan. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering during a press briefing yesterday said that declaring a pandemic status doesn’t mean the virulence, which is the severity or harmfulness of the disease has changed.
One of the identified quarantine centre in Trongsakuensel

Entertainment centres operating as usual

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Despite the government’s advice to avoid crowds to minimise the risks of contracting COVID-19, it has been business as usual for entertainment centres. The only change is that the number of customers turning up has dropped. But some people working in the entertainment sector say that the drop in customers has not been drastic. 
A family from Kolkata declare their details to officials at the entrance in PhuentsholingKuensel

COVID-19 under control in Phuentsholing

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Everything is under control in the battle against COVID-19 in the bordering town of Phuentsholing. Officials from all the relevant agencies are working towards control measures day and night.
Badminton training at Bebena Sports Complex in Thimphu is postponedKuensel

Sports federations and associations collaborate to combat COVID-19

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Sports federations and associations are strictly following the government’s directive to postpone the sporting events due to COVID-19. Training and events within the country and international tournaments are all on hold.
Closed: The craft bazaar, a tourist attraction in Thimphu, remained closed since the first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 6Kuensel

Tourist ban likely to continue after two weeks

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Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering announced that the government could continue the restriction on all incoming tourists. The government imposed a two-week restriction since March 6 after the first COVID-19 positive case was detected in the country. The government put the restriction to enable rigorous monitoring, source assessment of infection, and to mitigate the situation.
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.