Data as of 21st July 2020
1. A 49 year old female returning from India and a 22 year old female returning from Europe tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the overall total for confirmed cases to 92. The former is quarantined at Samtse and the latter at a facility in Paro.
2. One Bhutanese, a patient undergoing treatment at a government empaneled hospital in Kolkata, tested positive in the last 24 hours taking the total confirmed cases for Bhutanese residing overseas to 25. The patient will be isolated at the Kidu Guesthouse in Kolkata.
a. The Ministry of Health would like to appeal to every Bhutanese to strictly abide by the COVID-19 prevention measures put in place by the government. One such critical measure is the mandatory quarantine of 21 days for all Bhutanese entering the country from an overseas travel/stay, we request every Bhutanese returning to the country to strictly abide by it or face consequences as per the laws of the land.
b. The Ministry of Health strongly urges all Bhutanese especially those residing in the southern border towns to practice effective physical distancing, good personal hygiene and proper cough etiquette, at all times.
Debunking the Dashboard:
1. Total Recovered will now reflect the sum total of ‘Recovered’ and ‘De-isolation’. This is because individuals moved to a de-isolation facility are technically clear of the virus. In most other countries, individuals testing negative on RT-PCR after being infected by COVID-19 are considered as recovered.
2. Test updates under surveillance now reflects total tests done in the communities as a part of the Ministry’s community surveillance program, and the regular tests conducted in the quarantine facilities for both RT-PCR and Rapid Tests.
Definition facility type:
a. Isolation: Isolation is basically a facility where the confirmed positive cases are kept under observation or treated after they are confirmed as positive. The isolation facility is usually a hospital except the RIGSS hostel in the case of Phuentsholing.
b. De-Isolation: De-Isolation is the 2 week long period where a confirmed positive case is kept under further observation after they test negative twice (24 hours apart) while they are in isolation. The De-Isolation facility is usually a tourist-grade hotel.
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Prime Minister’s Office – PMO, Bhutan