175 Nepali students from Hubei province in China, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak have been evacuated and are now being monitored for symptoms of the infection at the quarantine zone in Kharipati, Bhaktapur.
Nepal Airlines Airbus 330 had taken off on February 15 from Kathmandu for Wuhan to bring back 185 Nepali students stranded in Hubei for 1 month. Six students with fever were left behind for hospitalisation in Wuhan. Four chose not to come back.
Of the 69,110 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 1,669 people have died and 9,419 have recovered. Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and France have each recorded one death. The French case, a Chinese tourist, reported on Saturday, was the first outside of Asia. The single patient detected in Nepal, also a student in Wuhan who came home last month, has recovered and has been discharged.
Photos: Monika Deupala and RSS.