Kathmandu: A Nepali student home from China tested positive for the new coronavirus, an official in Kathmandu said on Friday, making it the first confirmed case in the Himalayan nation.
"One patient tested positive for coronavirus. He is a Nepali student studying in China," Mahendra Shrestha, a Health Ministry spokesperson, told Reuters.
The student had come home on holiday from Wuhan in China, a ministry of health statement said. He is being kept under surveillance and those in close contact with him were being investigated.
The case assumes significance as the student was found infected after coming to Nepal thereby, indicative of a probable spread of the Sars-like infection in the Himalayan nation.
Nepal, which falls between Tibet and India and is renowned for its Himalayan peaks, is the seventh country, along with the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore and Korea, to confirm coronavirus cases.
The airport in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, was closed on 23 January.
The ministry said it was seeking health information from all passengers travelling from China into Nepal.
China has stepped up measures to contain the virus, which has killed 41 people and infected more than 1250, with public transport suspensions in 10 cities, temples shutting, and the rapid construction of a new hospital to treat those infected.
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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2020 10:40:23 IST