Kelzang Wangchuk  | Samdrupjongkhar

Despite community Covid-19 positive cases, Nganglam drungkhag’s Covid-19 task force in Pemagatshel implemented the fourth phase of unlocking in the drungkhag yesterday.

According to the drungkhag’s notification issued on March 15, although some community cases are being detected in the town, the task force could manage the cases either in home isolation or isolation facility with security surveillance.

It stated that no patient was hospitalised until now besides having community cases. “Symptomatic cases have also drastically reduced.”

According to the notification, health team monitors the conditions of the vulnerable groups. “There are no major health issues reported.”

It also stated that vaccination for children aged five to 11 was completed successfully. “Booster dose for children aged 12 to 17 and those who didn’t receive the booster dose earlier was carried out as scheduled.”

Inter-gewog movements shall be allowed and all enroute vehicles through Nganglam town shall not be permitted to stop in the town. Inter-zone movements of people and vehicles will also be allowed.

The notification also stated taxis are allowed at 50 percent capacity and full capacity for the same family and friends. “All the shops should close at 8pm. Restaurants and bars can open, but only for takeaway. Shopkeepers would facilitate essential delivery to the red buildings, flats and containment centres in the presence of security personnel.”

It stated construction works should continue in the containment area, and all government, corporations and private offices, including the financial institutions, shall also open. “All games and sports are allowed without spectators, but tournaments are not permitted.”

Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man tested Covid-19 positive from the community in Pemagatshel yesterday. This was the third Covid-19 positive case reported in Pemagatshel.

According to sources, a man had a flu-like symptom and visited the flu clinic.

Health officials sent his sample to the RT-PCR test as he tested positive during the antigen test. He was confirmed as positive yesterday.

Sources said a man was transferred to Pemagatshel from Gelephu and works in Mountain Hazelnut, but had gone to Dagana before coming to Pemagatshel.

Health surveillance team traced more than nine primary contacts of the man, and the team is still carrying out contact tracing.

It was learnt the patient would be isolated and primary contacts would be quarantined.