Three more Covid-19 community transmissions reported in Phuentsholing

The first reported case was brought to the flu clinic in Phuentsholing with symptoms since 15 April on the morning of 16 April

Yangchen Lhamo

Right after lockdown was imposed in thromdes and satellite towns in the southern border dzongkhags, three more individuals tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, taking the community transmissions to five cases.

The Dzongkhags and satellite towns in the bordering dzongkhags went under lockdown following the detection of Covid-19 positive case in a 10-year-old boy studying in Phuentsholing lower Secondary School, from the community in Phuentsholing followed by detection in his 29-year-old mother.

The mother was vaccinated for Covid-19 on 30 March. However, his father tested negative on both antigen and RT-PCR but has been put under quarantine.

The latest cases were detected in a family of three from the flu clinic after a 32-year-old woman tested positive following a visit to the flu clinic with flu-like symptoms.

Her husband – a taxi driver – and their 8-year-old boy who is also studying in Phuentsholing lower Secondary School also got infected with the Covid-19 virus. They live in the NHDCL colony.

The first reported case was brought to the flu clinic in Phuentsholing with symptoms since 15 April on the morning of 16 April. The schoolboy later tested positive on antigen and then confirmed positive on RT-PCR at 7-pm.

The boy who studies in class four with 35 students at Phuentsholing Lower Secondary School lives at Amochhu Kidu housing colony. The school has 1,169 students, and the colony has 1,066 households with a population of 2,983.

Meanwhile, the results of his 206 contacts came out negative including 83 primary contacts while the contact tracing for the three cases reported during the lockdown is underway.

To break the chain of transmission by limiting exposure to the community and detect the Covid-19 positive case in the community through active surveillance, mass testing is ongoing in Phuentsholing.

While the surveillance is undertaken for all the households in Phuentsholing Thromde, the testing is based on the risk assessment and prioritizing.

Three teams comprising two lab technicians and two De-Suups were deployed to collect the sample of entire close contacts including students and teachers.

Based on contact tracing, 10-teams were deployed for cluster sweeping of 2,983 populations living at Amochhu and all individuals living in the high-risk clusters for Covid-19 testing.

After the completion of contact tracing and risk assessment, the random – one most socially active member – and cluster sweeping will be done in NPPF Hospital, Kabraytar, RBP and RBA area, core town, Pasakha cluster, and Rinchending.

This will be followed by the implementation of disease containment phasing – red, yellow, and green.

Phuentsholing has 35,727 inhabitants – 27,650 under thromde, 4,077 reside Pasakha and 4,000 at Amochhu.