Three new cases of COVID-19 in Nepal

New Delhi (NVI): Three new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Nepal today, raising the number of such patients in the country to nine, according to local media reports.

All three new cases reported are from Sudurpaschim province, the far-western part of the country, the reports said, quoting officials of Ministry of Health.

The three new cases include a 21-year-old male of Kailali who returned from Mumbai in India and 41-year-old male of Kanchanpur who returned from Uttarakhand in India. Both of them have been quarantined.

The third patient is a 34-year-old female from Kailali who is known to be a relative of one of the earlier infected persons. This is the first case of local transmission in the country.

Among the nine cases of Nepal, eight are active and one has recovered. Except for one case confirmed today, all eight cases had recently returned to Nepal from other countries.

The Nepal government also imposed lockdown until April 7 halting flights, ordering vehicles off the roads, shutting businesses and shuttering major markets.