DHARAMSALA, 18 June: The COVID- 19 Task Force of the Central Tibetan Administration reported 149 new cases and 2 deaths among exiled Tibetans in India and Nepal in the past week.
A total of 149 exiled Tibetans tested positive for the COVID-19 in the last week while 2 Tibetans have passed away due to the infection after tests were conducted on 860 Tibetans from 17 Tibetan settlements in India and 2 from Nepal,” Dr Tsering Tsamchoe said during the committee’s weekly briefing.
Dr Tsamchoe further informed that a total of 1,065 exiled Tibetans from 20 Tibetan settlements in India and 6 from Nepal were under quarantine this week. Of the lot, 525 are under home quarantine while 540 are under institutional quarantine.
The tally now stands at 4,953 COVID-19 positive cases to date out of which 4,339 have recovered while 126 people have succumbed with 488 active cases.
So far, 14,096 (26.30 per cent) exiled Tibetans in India have received both doses of coronavirus vaccination while 21,370 (around 39.87 per cent) have received their first dose and 15,311(28.57 per cent) Tibetans are yet to be inoculated.
Similarly, 353 exiled Tibetans in Nepal have received both doses of coronavirus vaccination while 1,084 have received their first dose, and 5,374(78 per cent) Tibetans are yet to be inoculated.
With the vaccination drive for exiled Tibetans gaining momentum, the additional Secretary of the CTA’s Health Department Jampa Phuntsok, thanked Tibetan settlement offices, health care centers under CTA’s Health dept. and the Tibetan monastic institutes, philanthropic individuals, and NGOs for their overwhelming support and sponsorship.
He further acknowledged Men-Tsee-Khang for generously distributing Sorig immune boosters, in collaboration with the CTA, which he said has been crucial in bolstering the fight against the pandemic.