KATHMANDU, March 29: Eight Nepali students in Australia have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra said on Sunday.
Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy, Durapada Sapkota told Republica Online that four Nepalis in New South Wales, three Nepalis in Victoria and one Nepali in Tasmania have tested positive for COVID-19. Of them, the Nepali man living in Tasmania has been recovered.
"The Embassy is closely followingthe situation that has developed here in Australia as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and has been communicating with the concerned agencies/authorities of Australian Government to address the situation and provide necessary support to the Nepali students, temporary residents and the Nepali communities affected by the COVID-19," the embassy stated on its Facebook post today.
All seven female students are doing well and in quarantine in their respective homes, she said.
"We wish them a quick recovery and thank the NRNA and other Nepali community organizations for their kind support to the needy both at self-isolation as well as in quarantine at this difficult time," the embassy said.
The embassy said that it has been receiving requests from some Nepalis including students, visiting parents and temporary visa holders for their quick repatriation.
"Considering the ongoing situation of COVID-19, the Embassy has been coordinating with the authorities in Kathmandu to manage their safe return to Nepal.
The Embassy will keep you updated of any development in this regard.
Please contact us if you have any queries and need support in this extraordinary time," the embassy added.