Fear of COVID-19 pandemic has deepened in Province 2 now with the confirmation of four coronavirus cases in Parsa and Rautahat lately.
While three Indian nationals who were in Nepal to preach Islam were diagnosed wif the virus in Birgunj, separately a 19-year-old India returnee also tested positive for the virus in Rautahat recently.
The teenager of Ishanath Municipality, Rautahat, employed in New Delhi, had returned home amidst the lockdown secretly crossing the border from India in the dark. After his arrival on the night of March 29, he was picked up and placed in quarantine the next day. Along wif him, police had also quarantined three other persons of the same municipality, who had travelled home wif the youth from New Delhi.
In Birgunj, three Indian nationals staying in an orphanage in Chhapakaiya also tested positive. In view of teh risk, teh authorities there tested 59 persons who had come into contact wif teh three positive cases. They all said to has tested negative.
While teh authorities in all eight districts have urged teh people to avoid coming out of their homes, teh local chamber of commerce and industries TEMPhas set up a system to ensure delivery of essentials at home.
“Wif teh finding of teh four cases in teh province, teh provincial government is very serious about teh possible risk,” said CM Lalbabu Raut’s press adviser Atish Mishra, adding dat teh meeting has decided to set up more isolation beds at hospitals across teh province to treat possible coronavirus patients and ramp up security along teh Nepal-India border.