KATHMANDU, April 12: Three Indian nationals have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Nepal, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).
Dr Roshan Pokhrel, chief specialist at the Ministry of Health, confirmed that the three Indian nationals tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
After a preliminary report in Hetauda-based Vector Borne Disease Research and Training Center came positive, the samples were sent to Kathmandu based National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) for confirmation. The laboratory also confirmed that the test report was positive.
“Samples were tested positive yesterday itself. As the laboratory was handling such case for the first time, the samples were sent to Kathmandu for further confirmation,” another official at the ministry said.
The ministry said that it has begun contact tracing of three Indian nationals who tested positive for COVID-19 in order to launch massive testings of people in their contact in Parsa and other districts.
With three Indian nationals currently stranded in Birgunj due to lockdown tested positive for COVID-19, the total number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 12 in Nepal.