Nepal has stopped people from India entering the country after four Indian tourists tested positive for Covid and were returned amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the Himalayan country.
The four Indian tourists had entered Nepal through the Jhulaghat border point in Western Nepal’s Baitadi district.
Bipin Lekhak, information officer at the health office in Baitadi, said the four Indian nationals tested positive for Covid and were told to return to India.
“We have also stepped up Covid testing on Indians,” said Mr Lekhak.
Many Nepalese citizens who have returned from India have tested positive for Covid, he said, adding that officials have blocked Indian tourists from entering Nepal due to a spike in infections.
The Baitadi district is at high risk as it shares a border with neighboring India. There are currently 31 active cases of coronavirus in Baitadi, where no case had been reported until three weeks ago.
The number of Covid cases in India rose to 4,41.74,650 after 12,751 new coronavirus infections were reported in one day, according to Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The death toll rose to 5,26,772 with 42 fatalities, including 10 deaths, the data said.
Nepal is currently witnessing a rapid increase in Covid cases with 1,090 new infections registered across the country on Tuesday, according to 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 in Nepal.
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