The Embassy of Nepal in China doesn’t have any immediate plan to evacuate Nepalis living in Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, and across China.
The embassy, however, has discussed evacuation of Nepalis with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“As the local government in Wuhan needs to give permission to evacuate Nepalis, we have to wait even if we plan to evacuate. We need to abide by the decisions of the local government in Wuhan and it is certain to take time,” a national daily quoted Sushil Lamsal, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Nepal in China, as saying.
The Nepali Embassy said no Nepali living in China had been infected with coronavirus till date.
As per the embassy, there are 105 Nepalis in Wuhan and about 8,500 across China.
Meanwhile, an American of Nepali-origin was admitted to Teku-based Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital yesterday after the medical team deployed at the Tribhuvan International Airport detected fever, one of the symptoms of coronavirus.
The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has been operating a health desk at the airport since a few days and screening persons arriving in the country.
Similarly, a 28-year-old man, who had returned from Nanjing of China, was discharged from the hospital as he didn’t show any symptom for more than 72 hours after being admitted in the hospital.
However, a woman with coronavirus symptoms is still undergoing treatment at the hospital.
As the country doesn’t have reagent to test coronavirus the government has planned to buy reagent for making the tests available in the country. The reagent is expected to arrive within a week.
Officials in Kathmandu have so far confirmed one case of the virus in a Nepali student who had returned from Wuhan earlier this month.