Nu 45mn spent on Covid-19 testing kits

The government has spent more than Nu 45mn on testing kits for the novel coronavirus so far. There are three testing methods currently in use – Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) that uses a machine, Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) using test kits and antigen test kit. The RT-PCR test costs about Nu 3,000 while the […]

Taxi drivers furious over penalties

Apart from their allocation, they want space in the private parking space as well and agree to pay fees for it A commotion started at the new parking lot yesterday. Disgruntled taxi drivers were complaining aloud and threatening to strike. The issue was the consequence of a decision that Thimphu Thromde had taken in collaboration […]

CSOs employ more than 200 women to produce facemasks

More than 200 women home-based workers from the lowest economic strata, including nuns and prison inmates, are benefiting from the Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) facemask project. The task began half a month after the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in Bhutan and the team is witnessing more orders for facemasks.   The facemask that the […]

Tourism goes virtual

Tour operators and guides are working on virtual tourism “Hello, how are you?” the tour guide at the clock tower greets in Japanese before he begins his tour for the day. He introduces himself, the site and shopping tour in Thimphu. After showing around the interiors of Thimphu, he crosses the street and walks for […]

No huge difference in preventive strategy if COVID-19 is airborne: Health Minister

Whether the coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmitted through respiratory droplets or airborne, there would not be a huge difference in the preventive strategy, said Health Minister Dechen Wangmo. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization  (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 could be airborne indoors and could spread from one person to another after more than 200 […]