UN Bhutan COVID-19 Sitrep # 4 – 29 September

Bhutan went into a 21-day nationwide lockdown on August 11 after a woman in Gelephu tested positive for COVID-19 and two days later, 12 positive cases were reported from the mini-dry port in Phuentsholing. Over subsequent weeks the country experienced sporadic transmission but the spread was largely controlled through strict contact tracing, enhanced testing, and the public’s adherence to lockdown guidelines. Beginning 1 September the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) started a phased approach to easing the lockdown. The RGoB is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and while 281 cases have been confirmed no deaths have been reported. While the health impact has so far been limited as compared to many other countries, the impact on the economy has been significant.

The UN in Bhutan (FAO, IFAD, ITC, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, WFP, and WHO) moved quickly and pro-actively to respond to COVID-19. In particular, UN agencies developed a joint
response framework aligned with the “UN Framework for the Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19”, including both short-term measures to mitigate negative social and economic consequences along with medium- to long-term investments to strengthen the re-build and resilience to future crises.

For more information, please download UN Bhutan COVID-19 Sitrep #4 – 29 September 2020

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