Bhutan declares 24-hour blackout in 14 Dzongkhags



A 24-hour blackout has been announced in 14 Dzongkhags after a suspected COVID-19 positive individual interacted with residents and people at Punatsangchhu project.

The blackout will be effective in Thimphu, Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Paro, Gasa, Haa, Chukha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Dagana, Sarpang, Tsirang, Samtse and Zhemgang with immediate effect.

No movement of people and vehicles is allowed except for essential purposes. Emergency health-related travels, which include vehicles moving towards hospitals and health facilities, will be permitted.

In addition to this, more COVID-19 cases have been detected in quarantine facilities lately. Samples are being verified and public notification will be issued upon confirmation.

The Bhutan government will be carrying out the tests in all the above-mentioned districts and further course of action will be determined following the results.