Coronavirus: Gyuto Monastery out of bounds after 150 monks test positive

An undated file photo of monks of Gyuto Monastery in Sidhbari near Dharamshala.

An undated file photo of monks of Gyuto Monastery in Sidhbari near Dharamshala. Photographer unknown

Tibet Sun Online News

ON THE WEB, 4 March 2021

As many as 153 monks at Gyuto Monastery in Sidhbari near Dharamshala have tested positive for coronavirus since the last week of February, according to reports.

The outbreak started after Losar, the Tibetan New Year, on 13 February. The situation came to light after a random sampling was carried out at the monastery on 23 February.

Since then, 330 samples have been taken, of which 153 have tested positive. Except for one monk showing serious symptoms, the rest are said to be asymptomatic. The one with serious symptoms has been brought to Tanda Hospital.

Those affected are in isolation at the monastery, and the entire locality has been declared a containment zone.

Investigations showed that among those tested, 15 monks, comprising 13 from Karnataka and two from Delhi, had come to the monastery after Losar, but all these tested negative.

The Deputy Commissioner of Kangra District Rakesh Kumar Prajapati has instructed the Central Tibetan Administration to oversee the Tibetan population in the area to follow the Covid-19 protocols so that the outbreak doesn’t grow.

The Kangra district caseload is recorded at 8,430, and 207 people have died from Covid-19.


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