14 new COVID cases reported in Tibetan community in India and Nepal

Dharamshala: At the 13th press briefing of the Wuhan originated COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Tsering Tsamchoe said that 14 new cases have been reported in the Tibetan community this week as per the report of the CTA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Committee.

Ladakh reports 6 new cases this week which include a 38-year-old woman, a 29-year-old woman, a 25-year-old woman, a 21-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman, and 3 years old kid. All of them are currently at the quarantine.

In Dekyiling settlement in Dehradun, a 27-year-old woman with mild symptoms tested positive this week. The said person is currently in self-isolation at Doon Hospital.

In Delhi, an 82-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman have tested positive. Both of them show mild symptoms.

In the Bylakuppe Lugsam settlement, a 31-year-old man has tested positive. The person is being quarantined at the zone’s facility.

In Tezu, a 25-year-old woman who was tested positive was asymptomatic.

In Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, a 19-year-old girl tested positive

In Mundgod Tibetan settlement, a 42-year-old woman, 32-year-old- male, 27-year-old- male, and 16-year-old boy tested positive.

In Nepal, an 83-year-old man tested positive with mild symptoms and currently he is at the Institution quarantine. As of now, the total cases of coronavirus in the Tibetan community amount to 41 out of which 21 are active cases and 18 have recovered. So far, 2 deaths caused by virus infection.

Dr Tsamchoe updated on the ongoing preventive measures led by the CTA’s COVID-19 response team and the Health Department.

Routine sanitization drive is being conducted in the settlements. Taking into account the psychological and emotional impacts caused by the pandemic, the Department of Health continues to provide mental health guidance through online counselors.

At present, a total of 1387 Tibetans in India and Nepal are in the quarantine of which 800 are home quarantined.

Taking into account that vulnerable populations such as elderlies, children under 10, and people with co-morbidities are at greater risk from COVID-19, CTA through the Department of Health has been providing free SORIG immune boosters to all Tibetans above the age of 65 with the aim to protect them against COVID-19 infection. Likewise, 1044 quarantined people in 27 settlements in India have been distributed the Sorig medicines.

Currently, in Dharamshala, there are 73 Tibetans at the quarantine centres.

Dr. Tsamchoe informed that 90% of the cases in the Tibetan community shows a travel history to Delhi and therefore advised the public against making any unessential travels, especially to the RedZone areas.

Lastly, the COVID-19 statistics of India and worldwide as updated at the briefing:

Worldwide active cases reports 94,30384, recovered cases 746118, and deaths 482752.

In India, the active stands at 491,74, the recovered case at 285,983, and deaths amount to 15,319.

Maharashtra has the highest no of active cases followed by New Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujurat, and Uttar Pradesh.
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