Forty two days after the lockdown, Phuentsholing continues to report Covid-19 positive cases from the community.

The second phase of lockdown relaxation in the border town concludes today.

A full relaxation looks unlikely after a policeman tested positive yesterday. He had some symptoms and had gone to the flu-clinic so that he could go to the hospital. However, he tested positive for coronavirus.

According to the sources, close to 20 primary contacts have been sent to facility quarantine. The police camp has been cordoned off. 

In a separate case, five buildings of the National Housing and Development Corporation Limited colony near the Rabten Workshop were also cordoned. According to sources, samples of five family members have been taken after an individual was tested positive on antigen. The RT-PCR results are awaited.

A resident, Phub Tshering said lockdown relaxation is completely dependent upon the Southern Covid-19 Task Force.

“We have been adhering to their decisions,” he said. “But if the lapses happen within other jurisdictions, whom should we trust now?”

However, everyone in Phuentsholing was on the same boat, he said. And rather than pointing fingers at this time, Phub Tshering said it was time to unite.

Another resident, Kezang Thinley said, “I think it is better to wait for another week. We can still continue the mega zone relaxation mode until then.”

On May 22, Phuentsholing was divided into three mega zones. People were allowed to move within their respective mega zones but not enter other zones.

Until yesterday, Phuentsholing had recorded a total of 210 cases, excluding the imported cases, out of which 27 are frontline workers.

By Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing

Edited by Tshering Palden