Almost 100 Tibetans infected with COVID-19, many already recovered: President Sangay

DHARAMSALA, 18 April: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, (CTA) Dr Lobsang Sangay has said that “approximately 100 Tibetans” have contracted the COVID-19 with many of them already cured.

President Sangay made the remarks during a live briefing via Facebook on Thursday as he addressed the situation of Tibetans worldwide dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.

The main takeaway from his address is that informed His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in excellent health and that no cases have been reported from the 43 Tibetan settlements across India.

“So far, no cases of COVID-19  have been found among the staff of CTA. We are committed to doing the work that needs to be done,” President Sangay said.

The CTA President also called on Tibetans to render support and cooperation in maintaining the discipline during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown and further urged them to adhere strictly to the directions issued by the Government of India.

Additionally, he advised Tibetans to “continue social distancing” and to avoid unnecessary travelling even after the lockdown is lifted off as he said that “one confirmed case within our community could potentially wreak havoc to the rest of the communities.”

He concluded by commending including the monasteries for extending help to the needy and underprivileged locals with the supply of essentials and that of the contributions and donations made by Tibetan individuals and organisations towards respective state and district COVID-19 relief fund.

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