Nima Wangdi 

Two more have died with Covid-19 yesterday in Phuentsholing taking the total tally of casualties to nine.

Of the two, the 52-day-old boy died from cardiac complications in Phuentsholing hospital early yesterday morning. The deceased suffered from respiratory distress and was referred to Phuentsholing hospital from Panbari primary health centre at Tading, Samtse after he tested positive for the virus.

Going by Kunesel’s record, this is the first infant death with Covid-19. The health ministry did not confirm this.

A 62-year-old woman also died at the Royal Institute of Governance and strategic studies (RIGSS) isolation facility in Phuentsholing yesterday. The woman was a breast cancer patient. She also had other underlying medical conditions.

She was also referred from Samtse hospital and was managed for an active Covid-19 infection at the RIGSS isolation facility.

The first death with Covid-19 occurred on January 7, last year. The 34-year-old man was suffering from chronic liver disease when he tested positive for the virus and died of it.

The seventh death with Covid-19 happened on March 5. An unvaccinated 83-year old woman with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also died at the RIGSS isolation facility. She was bedridden for more than one year before she tested positive.

From a total of 20,116 confirmed Covid-19 cases since 5th March 2020, these are the 8th and 9th deaths in the country.

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering recently said Omicron is milder than the previous variants but some patients are still critical in the hospitals. Earlier, local health experts, including Lyonchhen warned people not to take the virus lightly.

He recently said unvaccinated children, people living underlying medical conditions and elderly people are still at risk. All those who died after testing positive for Covid-19 had underlying medical conditions.