13/01/21: Key highlights from the 64th press brief on COVID-19 13.01.2021 – MoH

  1. The Ministry of Health wishes everyone a very happy Chunyipai Losar. This festive season, let us all pledge to stay home and enjoy the day with our loved ones.
  2. A total of 372 (216M & 156F) cases have been detected since the outbreak as of today. a total of 2 new cases have been detected in the last 24 hours. One is a Close contact from Ynagchenphug and the other one is a shopkeeper from Lungtenphu who was detected at a mobile flu clinic while being tested before opening his shop. On a more positive note, a total of 45 (43 F & 22 M) people have been recovered as of today from the flu clinic outbreak.
  3. A new RT-PCR lab was installed at JDWNRH beginning yesterday (12th january 2021) and it is expected to speed up services by boosting safety and enhancing patients management at the hospital. We now have 6 RT-PCR labs spread across the country, namely, RCDC, Mongar, Gelephu, Dewathang, Phuentsholing and JDWNRH.
  4. The Isolation ward at Phuentsholing has managed 251 cases so far. With all these cases recovered, Phuentsholing isolation ward has no cases as of today.
  5. The random mass screening in the 18 green districts which started on 11th January ended today. A total of around 14,000 samples were projected to be tested.
  6. Around 2500 tests were completed for the peripheral zones in Thimphu as a part of random mass screening fro which the results are currently pending.
  7. A total of around 2500 primary contacts have completed the 21-day quarantine. we now have only around 1000 active primary contacts who are yet to complete their 21-day long quarantine period.
  8. The Ministry of Health now has no rolled out the Stay Home App fro primary contacts. The App is solely for the primary contacts and not to be shared with other family members. The primary contacts are requested to diligently use the app so that MoH can monitor them and their health status on a real time basis without having to call them frequently and deploy security personnels at their residences.
  9. Cancer surgery facilities have been set up at Wangdue Phodrang Hospital, and the government is extending all possible support for the patients and their caregivers in availing services.

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