KATHMANDU, March 29: The number of corona cases has climbed to 5 as a young girl from Baglung who recently returned from Belgium via Qatar Airways’ flight tested positive on Saturday. With this, two cases were detected outside the capital.
The 19-year-old girl who hails from Kundule, Baglung is undergoing treatment at Baglung based Dhaulagiri Hospital. According to Dr Pradeep Shrestha at hospital, her health condition is normal.
She arrived in Kathmandu on March 17 via QR657 flight of Qatar Airways through Qatar transit from Belguim.
She then flew to Pokhara on the same day. Hiring a taxi from Pokhara Airport, she reached Zero Kilometer. After that, she traveled to Baglung on a Scorpio van.
On her way to Baglung, she met her grandmother at Dimua, Parbat. She gifted some sweets to her grandmother. According to the family sources, the grandmother has not experienced any symptom of coronavirus yet.
After reaching home, she met some members of her family. She also visited Baglung Kalika Temple, a popular Hindu shrine in the region.
She was normal after reaching home. However, she started suffering from fever on March 20 followed by coughing and sneezing. She bought some medicines from local medical shops. As she realized that her symptoms matched to that of coronavirus disease, she visited Dhaulagiri Hospital. After collecting swab, she was not asked to stay at hospital. Her sample was sent to Kathmandu for lab test. She returned home and stayed at home-quarantine.
Her family members were also asked to stay in home quarantine.
The girl had returned Kathmandu on March 17 from Belgium after meeting her mother who has been staying for couple of years. The girl came back to attend her 10+2 examinations which was due to be held in the third week of March.
This fifth case has generated suspicion among the people that she could have communicated the disease to many people whom she interacted with after coming back to Nepal.
Her father had also returned from the same country a month ago.
Another 19-year-old girl who had shared same Qatar Airways flight had also tested positive on March 24. She was the second patient infected to COVID-19. The France returnee student is under isolation at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku in Kathmandu.