The dispute on the location to quarantine Nepalis returning from Hubei, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, is finally over. Two buildings of Nepal Electricity Authority Training Centre, Bhaktapur, with a housing space for 124 people have been vacated for quarantining Nepalis returning from Hubei province.

The building structures were picked as quarantine location after officials from the Nepali Army and Ministry of Health and Population visited the spot. A report was later submitted to the health ministry.

“A building of the environment and social study department and a hostel building have been vacated to house Nepalis coming from China,” said NEATC Deputy Director Keshav Raj Oli.

“The beds in the buildings will be replaced and partitions will be erected by tomorrow,” said Oli.

In spite of the fact that structures have been vacated to quarantine Hubei returning Nepalis, the projects and classes run by the training centre will operate from the same premises. “There are about 50 projects running at present and at least five persons are working on each project in the training centre.” said Oli.

Doctors said returnees should be quarantined in a region without any human settlements. Locals had protested against the use of the training centre as quarantine location.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Health and Population has assigned its concerned divisions the task of bringing Nepalis back from China.