KATHMANDU: Total cases of COVID-19 in Nepal have reached six.
Speaking at a press briefing organized at the Ministry of Health and Population on Thursday, Spokesperson Bikash Devkota said that a woman who had arrived from Qatar on March 17 has tested positive for COVID-19.
Spokesperson Devkota said that the sixth COVID-19 patient is a woman from Baglung district and she had arrived Kathmandu on a QR 652 flight of Qatar Airways.
Earlier, two persons who arrived on the same flight were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 and are currently receiving treatment.
A 19-year-old Nepali girl who had arrived in Nepal from France via Qatar transit had tested positive for coronavirus at first. Then, a 22-year-old girl who had recently returned from Belgium had tested positive for COVID-19.
There were 158 passengers on board the flight. Some 78 fellow passengers who had traveled on the same flight are in the quarantines of 48 districts.
Earlier, a 34-year-old man who had recently returned from Dubai had tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently undergoing treatment at Seti Provincial Hospital in Dhangadi.
Nepal on January 24 had confirmed the first case of deadly coronavirus in the country identifying the infected person as a Nepali student who recently returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan. He was discharged following treatment.
Nepal has currently enforced a lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19.