The Nepali Government has started preparations to health screen 175 Nepali evacuees airlifted from coronavirus-hit China.
Currently, the evacuees were being isolated at the training center of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in Bhaktapur.
A medical team from the National Public Health Laboratory will collect swab samples of the evacuees. The samples will be tested for coronavirus at the laboratory within 24 hours of the evacuees’ arrival at the quarantine.
If any of the evacuees is tested positive for coronavirus, they will be sent to Teku-based Shukraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital for treatment.
The evacuees will undergo another test after two weeks and will be allowed to return home only if found healthy.
Until then, the evacuees are restricted to meet their family members or outsiders.
The evacuees in the quarantine will be under stringent security surveillance during their stay for 14 days.
Likewise, the crew members and health workers involved in the evacuation process were isolated at the National Drinking Water and Sanitation Training Center in Bhaktapur.
Earlier, Nepal Airlines’ aircraft airlifted 175 Nepali evacuees from Wuhan and reached Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal at 3:30 AM on February 16, 2020.
The 175 evacuees included:
According to the Nepali Embassy in Beijing, 6 Nepalis were restricted to board the flight as they were suffering from fever and 4 others decided to remain in China.
As of today, i.e., February 10, 2020, the coronavirus death toll in China has reached 1,770 with 70,548 confirmed cases. At least 25 other countries have reported coronavirus infection cases. There are 4 death cases and around 650 confirmed cases outside China.
Japan, Hong Kong, France and the Philippines have reported 1 death case each.
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