COVID-19 pandemic in Bhutan

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COVID-19 pandemic in Bhutan
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseParo
Arrival date6 March 2020
(2 years, 6 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases62 (2020-06-11)

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Bhutan on 6 March 2020.

On 6 March 2020, Bhutan confirmed its first COVID-19 case, a 76-year-old US male who travelled to the country through India.

Around 90 people who came directly in contact with him, along with his 59-year-old partner, driver, and guide were quarantined.[1]

Farmers reported large increases in sales, as Bhutanese buy local produce, due to facing import hurdles.[2][3]

All schools have been closed countrywide, leaving almost 190,000 students to attend classes online.[4][5] Printed study material were given to students that do not have access to the internet, in addition to radio broadcasts.[6]

Bhutan Airlines suspended all flights, leaving only Druk Air to provide air transport to and from Bhutan. As of March 23, only one tourist was still remaining in the country.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bhutan confirms first coronavirus case". The Economic Times. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  2. "Covid-19 is a boon for Samtse farmers – KuenselOnline".
  3. "Farmers keen on taking up vegetable farming – KuenselOnline".
  4. "COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response". UNESCO. 4 March 2020.
  5. "Children at increased online risk during COVID-19 pandemic".
  6. "SIM to cover students without access to television or internet – KuenselOnline".
  7. "Tourism Bhutan Situation Report on COVID-19 as of 23rd March 2020 | Tourism Council of Bhutan".