COVID-19: CTA reports 55 new cases, 2 deaths in the last week 

DHARAMSALA, 19 Aug: The COVID- 19 Task Force of the Central Tibetan Administration reported 55 new COVID-19 positive cases and 2 deaths among exiled Tibetans in India in the past week.

A total of 55 exiled Tibetans tested positive for the COVID-19 in the last week while 2 elderly Tibetans have passed away due to the infection after tests were conducted on 659 Tibetans from 3 different Tibetan settlements in Nepal and 15 Tibetan settlements in India,” Dr Tsering Tsamchoe said during the committee’s weekly briefing.

It marks a significant drop compared to the last week which recorded 132 positive cases.  

Of the lot, the oldest one is a 93-year-old and the youngest, a 7 years old child.

Dr Tsamchoe further informed that a total of 1,120 exiled Tibetans from 15 Tibetan settlements in India and 3 from Nepal were under quarantine this week. While 762 of them are under home quarantine, another 358 are under institutional quarantine.

The tally now stands at 6,135 COVID-19 positive cases to date out of which 5,765 have recovered while 146 people have succumbed with 224 active cases.

The committee said that 91.33 percent of exiled Tibetans in India have are vaccinated. A total of 21,099 Tibetans in India are fully vaccinated while 28,710 have received the first dose. 

The vaccination rate of Tibetans in Nepal stands at 45.38 percent.

A total of 3,024 Tibetans are fully vaccinated while 683 have received there first jab.

The vaccination drive at Delek Hospital underway on a 50-50 scheme of online and walk in registration, open on Wednesday for those seeking first dose and Friday for those seeking second dose of the injection under to boost the vaccination drive.

With the threat of the third wave of the pandemic looming large over the  Indian subcontinent, the committee called for a collective effort to prevent community outbreak and urged Tibetans to continue to exercise caution and not let their guars down as the severity of the virus has seen people fully vaccinated get infected.

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