As we mark the 20th day of the nationwide lockdown, we extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused to our people. This unprecedented move was necessitated to break the chain of transmission of the virus that has been spreading in our country.
Since the Thimphu lockdown began on August 11, we have detected a total of 82 new positive cases. A majority of these cases have been attributed to cluster outbreaks in the regions of Phuentsholing and Haa. It is evident that the lockdown was a critical measure in controlling the spread of the virus and preventing further escalation of the situation.
The nationwide lockdown While the lockdown has been effective in containing the virus, it has not been without its challenges. We are aware of the difficulties faced by our people, such as being stranded in various locations, disruptions in essential and non-essential service delivery, and other inconveniences. Nevertheless, we wholeheartedly thank our citizens for their unwavering adherence to the lockdown guidelines. Your cooperation and support have been instrumental in our efforts to break the chain of transmission and protect our communities.
In our relentless efforts to combat the virus, we are continuing to trace contacts and conduct active surveillance to identify and isolate potential cases. We urge everyone to continue supporting these efforts and comply with the measures in place to ensure a safe environment for all.
For those who find themselves stranded in different parts of the dzongkhags, we request you to register yourselves so that appropriate assistance can be provided. Our teams are diligently working on these cases to facilitate safe returns and arrangements for those in need. If you have already registered, we ask for your patience as we work through the cases.
Phuentsholing, currently experiencing a surge in cases, requires special attention. We are conducting extensive testing in the area and releasing individuals only after ensuring that they do not pose a risk of transmission. If you are planning to travel to Phuentsholing, we advise caution, considering it is a red zone with a higher risk of infection.
We understand that many students are stranded in colleges and yearn to return home. However, for the safety of all, we must assess the risk of possible transmission before allowing travel. Rest assured that we are working diligently to find solutions that prioritize your well-being.
For further information, including toll-free numbers to register if stranded, avail necessary services, or share your queries, please refer to the link provided.
In conclusion, we express our deep gratitude to the citizens of our country for their resilience and cooperation during this challenging time. Together, with your continued support, we are confident that we will overcome this crisis and emerge stronger as a nation. Let us stand united and committed in our fight against the virus, and we shall overcome this pandemic. Stay safe and take care.
The nationwide lockdown Our frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, and essential service providers have been working tirelessly to ensure our safety and well-being. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their dedication and sacrifice in the face of this crisis.
To those who find themselves stranded in unfamiliar places, we understand the anxiety and uncertainty you may be experiencing. Rest assured that we are doing everything within our power to address your situation and facilitate your safe return home. By registering your details, you help us in better planning and organizing the logistics needed for your travel.
We acknowledge that the lockdown has disrupted the flow of essential services, and we are working diligently to minimize any inconveniences faced by our citizens. Your cooperation and patience during this period are highly appreciated.
For those residing in the affected areas, particularly in Phuentsholing and Haa, we urge you to remain vigilant and follow all safety protocols diligently. By doing so, you not only protect yourself but also contribute to safeguarding the health of your community and loved ones.
To our students, we understand the longing to be reunited with your families. We are closely monitoring the situation, and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will facilitate your safe return home. Until then, we implore you to stay in touch with your respective institutions and follow their guidelines for your safety.
As the lockdown continues, we must remember that we are all in this together. Let us not succumb to fear or panic but instead show compassion and understanding towards one another. Reach out to your neighbours, friends, and family members, especially those who may be feeling isolated during these times. A simple act of kindness can make a significant difference in someone’s life.
We also want to address the issue of misinformation. Please rely on verified sources and refrain from spreading unverified rumors or news. Accurate information is essential to make informed decisions and maintain public trust.
In conclusion, let us stand united, resilient, and compassionate in the face of these challenges. Our actions today will shape the course of tomorrow. Together, we can overcome this pandemic and emerge stronger as a nation. We will continue to keep you informed about the situation as it evolves and provide the necessary support and assistance to all our citizens of Bhutan.
Thank you for your unwavering support and cooperation. Stay safe, take care of yourselves, and let us continue to work hand in hand to break the chain of transmission and build a healthier and safer future for Bhutan.