DHARAMSALA, 30 July: The COVID- 19 Task Force of the Central Tibetan Administration reported 178 new cases and 3 deaths among exiled Tibetans in India in the past week.
A total of 178 exiled Tibetans tested positive for the COVID-19 in the last week while 2 Tibetans have passed away due to the infection,” Dr Tsering Tsamchoe said during the committee’s weekly briefing.
Of the lot, 90 of them are male while 88 are female with the oldest being a 97-year-old and the youngest being a 3-year-old child.
Dr Tsamchoe further informed that a total of 1,145 exiled Tibetans from 12 Tibetan settlements in India and 4 from Nepal were under quarantine this week. Of the lot, 597 are under home quarantine while 548 are under institutional quarantine.
The tally now stands at 5,716 COVID-19 positive cases to date out of which 5,042 have recovered while 138 people have succumbed with 536 active cases.
She further said that Kerala and Maharashtra are the two hot spot states in India and while declaring Bylakupee (175) and Tezu (65) as the most active cases among exile Tibetan settlements.
So far, 20701 exiled Tibetans in India have received both doses of coronavirus vaccination while 28,982 have received their first dose
Meanwhile, in Nepal, 1,012 Tibetans in Nepal have been inoculated with Jhonson and Jhonson vaccine with the help of the US the committee said and added that 1,058 Tibetans in Nepal have received their first dose of COVID shield so far.
Delek hospital’s Dr Namdol from the committee said that cases have started rising again in India and urged the Tibetans to not let their guards down and continue to exercise caution by following the standard guidelines by wearing masks, keeping social distancing, and washing hands regularly.
She further spoke about the importance of mental health as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and advised against reading and watching too much news on the coronavirus and suggested daily exercising, sleeping on time, and following a healthy and nutritious diet.
Since its outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019, the pandemic has infected 196,628,018 people and killed 4,198,944 people globally according to data from Johns Hopkins University.