Modest spread of Covid-19 in Nepal, but economic freeze is biting

Nepal was the first country in South Asia to report incidence of Covid-19 on Jan 24, 2020 when a 32 year Nepalese student tested positive for the infection after returning from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly disease in China.
By March 31, there were only 5 confirmed (Covid-19) cases in Nepal and all of them had returned from countries with novel Coronavirus outbreaks. Apart from the first case reported in January, all remaining cases (4 of them) surfaced during the last week of March.
Since all known cases of Covid-19 are imported, it is assumed that there is no incidence of local transmission of virus as yet in the landlocked Himalayan country that shares borders with India (1,800 kilometres) and China (1,414 kilometres).
It is suspected that the fewer number of infections being reported by Nepal is due to less than 1,000 tests done so far in the country with a population of nearly 30 million. Read More…

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