Four persons suspected to have been infected with coronavirus were admitted to the isolation ward of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku yesterday.
They include three Nepalis who had returned from South Korea recently and a Chinese national. All four are men aged above 20.
Anup Bastola, spokesperson at Sukraraj Hospital said, “All the persons admitted to the isolation ward have respiratory problems. Two of them have fever as well. Throat swab and blood samples from the patients have been sent to National Public Health Laboratory. Reports will be out on Monday.”
Minister of Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal said more masks would be made available and manpower at the TIA health desk would be increased.
He added that preparations were being made to screen every passenger entering or leaving Nepal via TIA.
The minister also advised people not to organise parties and events with a gathering of large number of people.
Meanwhile, 18 crew members who had gone to China to evacuate Nepalis have tested negative for coronavirus.
The crew members were kept in quarantine at National Water Supply and Sanitation Training Centre in Nagarkot.
Samples were collected from them and were tested at the National Public Health Laboratory, Teku.
“All 18 people were released from quarantine yesterday after they tested negative for coronavirus infection,” Khagaraj Baral, secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population informed.