The fifth person infected with coronavirus in Nepal has been hospitalized.
The 22-year-old woman from Baglung who returned recently from Belgium via Qatar has been hospitalized in the Dhaulagiri Zonal Hospital at around 11:30 Saturday night, according to Mayor of Baglung municipality Janaraj Paudel.
Her health is normal and a team of epidemiology experts will arrive from Pokhara to decide further prognosis as the hospital does not have intensive care unit (ICU) and ventilators, Paudel told Setopati.
Seven members of the woman's family are also in home quarantine. "Doctors have advised to test the family members only if they show symptoms," he revealed.
The woman had arrived on a Qatar Airways flight QR 652 on March 17 together with the second infected person who had arrived from France via Doha. She had reached Pokhara on a Yeti Airlines flight and then Baglung on a jeep the very day.
A 34-year-old man who returned recently from Dubai and was undergoing treatment at the Seti Provincial Hospital in Dhangadi tested positive for the virus on Friday to become the fourth person to be infected with coronavirus in Nepal. That was the first case to have been recorded outside the Kathmandu Valley.
The third person, a youth who had returned from Sharjah, UAE, was confirmed Tuesday midnight.
Health Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal, organizing a press conference on Monday, had confirmed a 19-year-old student returning from France via Qatar tested positive for the coronavirus.
The girl had arrived on March 17 and was on self-quarantine at home. She had contacted the Shuraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku on Friday after her friend from Vietnam who accompanied her from France to Doha contacted her to inform that she tested positive for the virus.
A man, who had returned from Wuhan, was the first to be tested positive over a month back.