Second woman tests positive in Samdrupjongkhar

Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar

A 25-year-old woman tested positive for Covid-19 during the mass screening in Samdrupjongkhar on September 12.

The woman stays at the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) colony with her parents. While the mother has tested negative on the RT-PCR, the results for her father and other contacts are awaited.

According to health officials, the 25-year-old maintained that apart from her parents, she had no other contacts. Also, the woman shared that she had no recent travel history in the past three months. Her father, a policeman, frequently attended duty.

Her two primary contacts, her parents, had contact with about 15 people within the colony. All the secondary contacts were placed under home quarantine.

The health officials will conduct the RT-PCR test for the entire RBP officials and families today.

Meanwhile, officials said that the boyfriend of the index case the 18-year-old woman resided in the same RBP colony.

“Neither of them has revealed having any contact with each other,” said an official, adding that the patient would be referred to the isolation centre in Mongar soon.

The incident commander of the dzongkhag, Tharchin Lhuendup, said that the task force had stopped all movements in the four zones identified in the thromde since yesterday. However, the movement in the town would resume based on the situations.

Samdrupjongkhar dzongdag said that import of the essential items continued following Covid-19 safety measures.

“But entry and exit of vehicles from Samdrupjongkhar are temporarily restricted until the completion of the contact-tracing procedure.”

Meanwhile, health officials screened 1,343 individuals in the thromde on the first day. All tested negative during the RT-PCR test. About 917 samples were collected on the second day from where the 25-year-old tested positive.

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