Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has tested positive for COVID-19, while ruling Nepal Communist Party’s (NCP) whip Shanta Chaudhary has been transferred to Intensive Care Unit at Bir Hospital after suffering complications due to COVID-19.

Minister Bhattarai revealed that he tested positive for the virus through his official Facebook handle on Saturday evening. “I had felt minor fever last evening. So, I underwent test for coronavirus, the result just came positive,” the minister posted on his Facebook page.

गत सोमबार कोरोना परिक्षाण गर्दा रोपोर्ट नेगेटीभ आएको थियो । त्यसक्रममा काठमान्डौ बाहिरका केहि कार्यक्रममा सहभागी पनि भएँ…

Posted by Yogesh Bhattarai on Saturday, 10 October 2020

He is said to have been staying in home isolation and feeling normal for the time being.

Minister Bhattarai had recently visited different districts of Sudurpaschim Province to inaugurate three domestic airports where he addressed large groups of people and was seen without a mask most of the time.

Bhattarai had described Nepal as a coronavirus-free country in February, a month after Nepal reported its first COVID-19 case, in a bid to promote tourism.

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Meanwhile, Shanta Chaudhary, has been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Bir Hospital after she complained of breathing difficulty. Chaudhary had tested positive for the virus last Monday. She was admitted to a COVID treatment facility where she complained of breathing difficulty.

“She is out of danger and like any other patient has only mild symptoms,” informed Kedar Century Director of Bir Hospital.