Bhutan orders first coronavirus lockdown as cases hit 113

first_imgTopics : The lockdown was ordered after a 27-year-old Bhutanese woman, who returned 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.All schools, institutions, offices and commercial establishments will remain closed and exams will be postponed, while students and trainees in boarding facilities were told to remain on campus and follow COVID-19 protocols.Officials attribute the slow spread of the virus in the country to early screening and monitoring at entry points, testing and sealing of borders including the closure of the only international airport at Paro, near the capital. Flights repatriating stranded nationals are allowed.The outbreak has nevertheless crippled the tourism industry, which earned an average of $80 million in each of the last five years. Arrivals last year had risen 15% to 315,600. Bhutan ordered its first nationwide lockdown on Tuesday 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.last_img read more

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Allardyce backed by Collins

first_img A left-back is believed to be Allardyce’s next target, with Ipswich’s Aaron Cresswell rumoured to be on the brink of a move to east London, and Collins wants to keep up the good work from the West Ham defensive unit. “Defensively we did alright last season,” he added. “We had 14 clean sheets so like the gaffer has said we need to concentrate on scoring more goals – that is why he has brought in Teddy (Sheringham) to improve us in the attacking half so hopefully we can score more goals and get off to a better start. “We (the defenders) have all been here a while now and know each other’s game very well so whoever is asked to play knows what is expected of them – it is a great group of lads so hopefully we can start off well and kick on from there.” Speculation was rife that Allardyce, 59, was on borrowed time with the club’s owners after the previous campaign was tinged with periods of disappointment. Having led the Hammers to a top-half finish in 2012/13, Allardyce oversaw a barren run over the turn of the year and reacted angrily when his side were jeered off the pitch following a home win over Hull towards the end of the season, with many supporters questioning his style of play. Press Association James Collins believes the decision not to replace manager Sam Allardyce in the summer will be massively important for West Ham heading into the new season. Despite those issues, as well as banners being unfurled and opinion polls being held calling for his head, co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have stuck by Allardyce, something Collins feels will stand the club in good stead. “It is great,” the Wales international told Press Association Sport. “As soon as the news came out over the summer the lads were delighted. He has done well for the last two years, we weren’t too happy last season but we finished 13th in the end. “He is so good, he sets out a plan for the whole season and how many points we need to finish as high as we can and improve on last year. “The first couple of years is always tough – you see teams stay up in the first season and struggle in the second year. Last year we weren’t too happy but a lot of teams would have taken that. “We are looking to kick on this year, the gaffer has already brought in a couple of new signings and I’m sure there will be more. “Not once has the gaffer ever told us to play direct. It is about winning football matches, before every game he works out the best way to win and that is how we go out and play.” Collins was speaking on the first day of pre-season training, with new signings Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Koutate joined at West Ham’s Chadwell Heath training base by the likes of Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Ravel Morrison, who is back with the Hammers having spent the back end of last season on-loan at QPR. last_img read more

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Hybrid Ben Lewis out against Pitt with upper-body injury

first_imgJunior hybrid Ben Lewis is out for Syracuse’s game against Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury, per SU’s weekly injury report released Thursday night.This season he’s caught 13 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown to go along with 12 rushing yards on five carries. He, along with freshman Dontae Strickland, helped fill in when starting hybrid Ervin Philips got injured in the first half in the Orange’s season-opener against Rhode Island.Also listed on the injury report was junior tight end Kendall Moore, who is doubtful with an upper-body injury. Redshirt freshman safety Rodney Williams, who was doubtful last week, was upgraded to questionable with a lower-body injury. Freshman safety Daivon Ellison is also questionable with a lower-body injury.SU (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off against No. 25 Pitt (5-1, 3-0) at noon on ESPNU on Saturday. The Orange is looking to snap its three-game losing streak after starting 3-0. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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