Nima Wangdi  

A 34-year old woman died with Covid-19  in Thimphu early yesterday morning. It is the fourth death related to Covid-19 since the virus was first detected in the country on March 5 two years ago.

A press release from the Ministry of Health stated that the deceased succumbed to cardiac complications due to underlying kidney disease probably exacerbated by the Covi-19 infection. The woman was a chronic kidney patient who was on dialysis and was referred to Thimphu from Phuentsholing recently.

The health minister on national Television recently said Covid-19 patients living with underlying diseases like cardiac problems and kidney disease were referred to regional and national hospitals to give them better care.

The first Covid-19 related death was recorded in January 2021. A 34-year old man suffering from chronic liver disease and renal failure died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Bhutan also recorded its one-day highest Covid-19 cases in the country. A total of 205 cases were recorded yesterday with 20 cases from the community.

Chhukha has the maximum number of community cases with 14 in Phuntsholing and one in Tsimalakha. Gelephu in Sarpang followed with three. Samtse has two.

The results of the first-day mass screening in Thimphu will be declared today. The mass screening started yesterday and will go on until January 27. Sowai Lyonpo said, during the period of mass screening, people’s movement will be restricted to within their zones and not mega zones.

Bhutan has 4,430 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far with 1,646 active cases.

People are urged to follow Covid-19 etiquettes like washing hands, social distancing, avoiding crowd and staying home.

Meanwhile, India has also reported their daily Covid-19 cases to be on the decline for now.