Nepal halts entry of Indian tourists who test positive for COVID-19

Nepal halts entry of Indian tourists who test positive for COVID-19

Nepal has stopped the entry of people coming from India who have tested positive for COVID -- 19 after four Indian tourists were diagnosed with the fatal coronaviruses infection and were sent back, amid a surge in the number of cases in the Himalayan nation.

Four Indian tourists had entered the state of Nepal via the Jhulaghat border point in the Baitadi district of Western Nepal.

Bipin Lekhak, Information Officer at the Health Office in Baitadi, said four Indian nationals tested positive for COVID 19 and were told to return to India.

Lekhak said that we have also ramped up COVID 19 testing on Indians.

Many Nepali citizens who returned from India have been tested positive for COVID 19 and the officials have halted those Indian tourists who have been infected with coronaviruses, he said.

The Baitadi district is at high risk as it shares a border with India. There are currently 31 active cases of coronaviruses in Baitadi, where not even a single case had been reported until three weeks ago.

India's tally of COVID 19 cases rose to 4,41, 74,650 after 12,751 new coronaviruses were reported in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The death toll increased to 5,26, 772 with 42 deaths, which includes 10 deaths, the data stated.

Nepal is currently experiencing a rapid increase in COVID 19 cases with 1,090 new infections across the country on Tuesday, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Population.

This is the highest single-day increase in the past six months. As many as 438 recoveries and two deaths from the virus were recorded on the day. There are currently 5,874 active cases of COVID 19 in Nepal.