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Bhutan orders first coronavirus lockdown as cases hit 113
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THIMPU - Bhutan ordered its first nationwide lockdown on Tuesday (Aug 11) after a returning resident tested positive for coronavirus after being discharged from quarantine and coming into close contact with people in the capital Thimphu.
The case took the total in the tiny Himalayan kingdom to 113, still the lowest in South Asia, and it has yet to record a fatality.
Bhutan, which is heavily reliant on high-end tourists, banned tourism in March after an American visitor tested positive for the virus, and ordered a three week mandatory quarantine for everyone returning from abroad.
The lockdown was ordered after a 27-year-old Bhutanese woman, who returned came from Kuwait and was discharged from quarantine after testing negative, tested positive at a clinic on Monday.
"The unprecedented lockdown is enforced to identify and isolate all positive cases, immediately breaking the chain of transmission," the government said in a statement, restricting movement of people and vehicles in the largely Buddhist nation of 750,000 people.
"Everyone is asked to stay home to protect themselves and their families from the disease, should there be undetected, rampant transmission," the government said.

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