Most India-returnees infected with COVID-19 in Sudurpaschim

Published On: April 14, 2023 04:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BAITADI, April 14: The infection rate of COVID-19 in Sudurpaschim Province that was almost nil until recently has started to rise lately. The COVID-19 infection has been mostly detected among the Nepalis returning from India.

According to the Sudurpaschim Province Health Directorate, the province recorded 288 cases of COVID-19 from March 15 to April 13. New cases come to the fore almost every day in the areas bordering India, said Hemraj Joshi, COVID-19 contact person at the Directorate.

"Since the coronavirus infection is being detected in various cities in India increasingly, its ripple effects are seen in Nepal as well," he said, adding that the infection is rapidly spreading in India and the number of infected people in Nepal has begun to rise due to daily cross-border movement.

An increasing number of people are returning home from India to celebrate Nepali New Year and Bishu Festival lately and the infection rate has started to rise accordingly.

The Directorate has called for highest caution considering the high risk of COVID-19 in the bordering areas.

Regular COVID-19 tests are being conducted on the suspected and infected ones at the  'help desks' set up at Jhulaghat, Pulghat, Jauljivi, Gaddachauki and Trinanagar border crossings, according to the Directorate.

The province has recorded 635 deaths from COVID-19 so far while 62,168 people have tested positive for the virus so far, the Directorate said.



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