23 test negative for COVID-19 in Panchthar

PANCHTHAR: At least 23-persons, who were under observation upon showing symptoms of COVID-19, have tested negative for the respiratory illness causing virus, in Panchthar district, on Sunday.

A total of 23 throat swab samples were collected from people staying at quarantine centres in four assorted locations.

Meanwhile, three throat swab samples collected from Miklajong Rural Municipality quarantine centre have been sent to Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) for another leg of lab-tests.

The COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test is in full swing in the district after Province 1 government dispatched 200 test kits along with health workers in the area, yesterday.

"The team is preparing to take swab samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 in Hilihang and Tumbabwa Rural Municipalitied" said Narayan Subedi, chief of the district health office.

So far, Nepal has reported 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases of which eleven are live cases while one has recovered from the virus.