Nepal Bans Entry of Indians
Kathmandu: Nepal has barred the entry of people coming from India who test positive for COVID-19, this decision was taken after four Indian tourists were diagnosed with the coronavirus infection and sent back amid a sharp surge in the number of cases in the Himalayan nation.
The four Indian tourists had entered Nepal through the Jhulaghat border point in the Baitadi district in Western Nepal. Bipin Lekhak, Information officer at the Health Office in Baitadi said, the four Indian nationals tested positive for COVID-19 and were told to return to India.
“We have also ramped up COVID-19 testing on Indians,” said Lekhak. Many Nepali citizens who returned from India have tested positive for COVID-19, he said, adding that the officials have halted those Indian tourists who have coronavirus infection from entering the country.
Baitadi district is at high risk as it shares a border with neighboring India. Currently, there are 31 active cases of coronavirus in Baitadi where not even a single case had been reported until three weeks ago.
According to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 4,41,74,650 after 12,751 new corona virus infections were reported in a day.
There are currently 5,874 active cases of COVID-19 in Nepal.