The entire Thorang village in the Lahaul valley has tested positive for the COVID-19, barring a 52-year-old resident — Bhushan Thakur. The Lahaul-Spiti valley is witnessing a surge in the number of coronavirus cases and thus, the administration has restricted the entry of tourists to the Teling nullah close to the north portal of the Rohtang tunnel.

All the villages located beyond the Rohtang tunnel have been declared as containment zones.

According to a report published in The Times of India, most of the residents of the Thorang village migrated to Kullu for the winter season. As many as  42 residents, who were still residing in the village, voluntarily decided to get tested and the result was shocking as 41 out of them tested positive.

“I’m staying in a separate room and have been cooking my own meals for the last four days. I was with my family members until we got to know about the results. However, I was strict about all protocols like sanitising hands, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing when in public areas. People should not take this disease lightly. As winter season is setting in, people should take extra precaution,” Bhushan said.

Five family members of Bhushan have tested COVID-19 positive.

A few days ago, the villagers had gathered for a religious programme that resulted in community transmission. The deadly virus is spreading in the surrounding areas as well. Lahaul-Spiti chief medical officer Dr Palzor has requested the residents of the valley to come forward and get themselves tested.