After around 2 months of the first coronavirus infection case in the nation, Nepal has reported the second COVID-19 case on March 23, 2020.
The Nepali Ministry of Health and Population has confirmed that a 19-year old Nepali female student with a travel history to France and Qatar has tested positive for the deadly virus.
According to the Health Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, the student is currently undergoing treatment at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku.
The girl had arrived in Nepal from France via Qatar on March 17, 2020 and was in self-quarantine since then.
Her throat and nasal swabs were sent to the National Public Health Laboratory after she suffered from fever, sore throat and other influenza-like symptoms. Her swab screening reports stating positive for coronavirus infection came on March 22, 2020.
“People who came in close contact with the patient are also being monitored and health workers have been deployed to trace all other possible contact she could’ve had,” said Minister Dhakal.
Earlier in January, a Nepali student with a travel history to Wuhan, China was confirmed infected with coronavirus, and later recovered and discharged.
In a bid to control the COVID-19 outbreak in the nation, the Nepali Government has imposed stringent measures including suspension of international flights and closure of border checkpoints, among others.
So far, the coronavirus has infected 349,095 people and killed 15,297 across the world.