Director General of Tourism Council of Bhutan, Dorji Dhradhul, who was awarded the best professional- destination marketing award talks to Kuensel’s senior reporter Yangchen C Rinzin on the future of tourism.
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The government has spent Nu 2.9 billion (B) in the Covid-19 pandemic response since March. The expenses account mainly for the purchase of Covid-19 test kits, personal protective equipment, facility quarantine, and stocking of essential items.
Going by the number, 61,235 people were screened at 54 flu clinics across the country since March.
Flu clinics are equipped with rapid antigen testing facilities that test any suspected Covid-19 cases.
The government has so far spent Nu 248.279 million on hotels that served as quarantine facilities for 14,667 people as of yesterday.
Of the total 14,667 quarantined since March, 89 percent or 13,059 were discharged so far.
With strict restrictions on travel where travellers will be put under the 21-day mandatory quarantine, the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is exploring options and discussing with the technical advisory group (TAG) of the health ministry to ease the restrictions.
Based on the risk assessment, the health ministry has advised the government against reopening Classes Pre-Primary to VIII for the remaining academic session.
There is a barrage of questions as information becomes crucial when somebody test positive for Covid-19. With key information, the spread of the virus could be curtailed as they are traced, quarantined and tested.
Except for Samtse, Phuentsholing (red zone), Samdrupjongkhar, and Gelephu, commuters can travel freely across the country from today as the final phase of unlocking begins.
The education ministry will relocate 1,580 Class X and XII students and teachers of both public and private schools in Phuentsholing to other schools beginning today.
Students anxious about school reopening, difficulty with online lessons, and examinations made up more than half the callers seeking counselling in the past six months.
693 people (305 males and 351 females) reached out to counsellors on the Sherig Counselling Service, a Facebook page between March and August 28. About 37 of the clients who sought counselling preferred to be counselled through text without sharing their gender details.
All offices will resume full-time today and in addition to public transport, private cars will be allowed to move within the dzongkhags as the final phase of unlocking the lockdown begins.
While the country will complete the second phase of unlocking tomorrow Health Minister Dechen Wangmo cautioned that if Bhutanese don’t adhere to the safety protocols there could be a lockdown any time.
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