Bhutan’s preparedness to defend 2019-nCoV

Bhutan has said it has not yet detected any case of coronavirus in the country. Earlier, social media circulation claimed an international tourist in Bumthang was detected with the virus.

According to the Ministry of Health announced that the international tourist was tested negative for 2029-nCoV.

The health minister in a press meet in Thimphu assured the public that it has instituted necessary measures at various points of entry, has identified health facilities and response teams in case of an outbreak in the country.

Screening in Paro Airport started on January 15 while educational announcements on flights started on January 17.

Prime Minister and Health Minister hosted emergency meeting of government agencies in preparedness to tackle the situation. Managing porous entry points in the southern part of the country was one of the main concerns raised by representative.

Prime Minister urged the people not to panic. “Idly if we follow normal personal hygiene protocol, it will help prevent one from the infection.”

The regional referral hospital in Gelephu has started deploying staff at the border gate to spread awareness of the outbreak.Residents and travellers in the other entry point Phuentsholing have been put on alert.

Tourism Council of Bhutan in a statement asked the tour operators to immediately call 112 in case of any symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath are observed. TCB also asked the tour guides to keep track of their guests at all times and exercise extreme caution for all outbound pilgrimage.

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