Coronavirus: Twelve tested positive at old-age home in McLeod Ganj

Elderly Tibetans rest while doing lingkor near Jampaling Old People's Home in McLeod Ganj, India, on 26 December 2020.

Elderly Tibetans rest while doing lingkor near Jampaling Old People's Home in McLeod Ganj, India, on 26 December 2020. File photo/Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

Tibet Sun Newsroom

McLEOD GANJ, India, 31 January 2021

Twelve elderly Tibetans have tested positive for Coronavirus at the Jampaling Old People’s Home in McLeod Ganj, according to reports.

Jampaling is currently a red zone, and the area has become out of bounds, with six police guarding the area.

The Lingkor, or the circling around the hill of the Tsuglakhang Temple, has been banned for two weeks.

An elderly man was brought to Tanda hospital after he complained of respiratory problems. It was then that he was diagnosed positive.

Following this more tests were conducted, resulting in more positive cases. Most of them are in their late 70s or early 80s, but the oldest is a 96-year-old female.

It has been learned that the doctors of Delek Hospital have taken swabs of all the residents at the old-age home, which has about 100 elderly people.

According to the Department of Health of the Tibetan administration, the total number of Tibetans in India who have tested positive for Coronavirus is 1,508. Of these 1,440 have recovered, and 38 have died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus.

The worldwide total of people who have had Coronavirus is 103 million, of these 56.9 million have recovered after becoming sick with Covid-19, and deaths have totalled 2.22 million. India has reported 10.7 million cases of infections, numbers recovered is 10.4 million, and deaths from Covid-19 figured at 154K. The figures for people who suffer long-term effects even after ‘recovering’ is not known.


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