Eight residents of Bhulke in Triyuga Municipality of Udayapur have been sent to Dharan-based BPKIHS for a second PCR test after their first test came as COVID-19 positive.

Their swab samples were first collected and tested at the lab in Koshi Zonal Hospital, Biratnagar on Saturday. The samples had tested positive in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Bhukle is sealed after over a dozen people who had been residing there tested positive for coronavirus.

According to chief at Udayapur District Health Office, Mohan Subedi, the eight people who tested positive for COVID-19 were among 69 persons whose swabs were collected in the first phase of tests conducted in Bhulke.

13 persons from Udayapur had earlier tested positive for coronavirus at once, shooting the total number of infected to 30 in a single day.

Subedi informed the eight persons have now been sent to BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan for a confirmatory test of their samples.