By Prakash Bikram Shah, Dhangadi, Apr. 4: The COVID-19 patient of Kanchanpur district that was cofirmed today had been to India on March 15. He had visited Champhawat district of Uttarakhand State in search of work.
He, along with 12 others, had returned to Nepal after India announced nation-wide lockdown.
He reached the Nepal-India border on March 26 and entered Nepal on March 27 from Matena, Bhimdutta Municipality-9, where the Armed Police Force (APF) took them under control.
The APF released them at Bedkot Municipality.
Even though they wanted to stay at home, they were kept in the Municipality's quarantine, informed Mayor Ashok Chand.
The swabs of 13 people were collected on April 2 for COVID-19 test. While 12 of them tested negative for the virus, a 41 year old man of Bedkot Municipality-10, Chatari, belonging to Dalit community tested positive.
He used to travel back and forth from his village to Champhawat of Uttarakhand, India, for work.
He had been taken to Seti Provincial Hospital, Dhangadi for treatment this morning.