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63-year-old Tibetan woman tests positive for COVID-19 in Dalhousie

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Dalhousie Tibetan settlement school (photo courtest CTA)
Dalhousie Tibetan settlement school (photo courtest CTA)

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, June 4: A 63-year-old Tibetan woman from Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement in Dalhousie has tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. She had been kept under institutional quarantine since she returned from New Delhi, one of India’s worst-hit regions.

Rapten Tsering, Settlement Officer of Dalhousie confirmed to Phayul of the case in his settlement. “Yes, the elderly woman who arrived from Delhi has tested positive for COVID-19. We have kept the returnees at the quarantine facility, where we found out about the positive case. It is the first case that we’ve had.” The patient is currently under treatment at a COVID-19 care center at a Civil Hospital in Dalhousie.

Officially there had been two Tibetans who died due to the ailment. A 62-year-old Delhi man who passed away on Tuesday is officially the second Tibetan person in India to pass away from Covid-19. The first Tibetan man from Dharamshala declared a Covid-19 patient by authorities here, is disputed as none of his families who were in close contact for days until his death tested positive for the virus, raising questions over the validity of his status as a Covid-19 patient.

Many Tibetans have returned to their homes across India after the lax in travel restrictions through the end of April. As of now, Himachal Pradesh has registered 345 confirmed cases and 5 deaths in total due to COVID-19.

Overall, India saw a record single-day jump of 9,304 cases on Thursday with the total toll of 2,16,919 cases and death toll of 6,075, according to the Union Health Ministry of India.




One Response

  1. When people politicize an pandemic, a second wave is likely to occur. As of now, there is no vaccine or medicine. Social distancing works, but governments need to balance that with economic factors. To deflect the obvious, it seems people would rather cause diversions and try to cloud the judgement of average people. Ask yourself, why after 17 years there was no vaccine for SARs? Ask yourself why there needs to be a new flu vaccine every year. When vaccines are designed properly, they have validity. When vaccines are designed with a political agenda, be prepared to be a guinea pig in an experiment.

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