Nepal confirms first case of Wuhan coronavirus

The patient is a student who was studying in China.

Syahindah Ishak| January 25, 12:41 AM

Nepal has confirmed its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus on Jan. 24.

Student went to Wuhan for holiday

A health ministry spokesperson for Nepal, Mahendra Shrestha, said that a Nepali student who was studying in China had tested positive for the virus.

The patient was in Wuhan for a holiday before returning home to Kathmandu.

He is currently under surveillance.

Those who were in close contact with him are also being investigated.

Nepal's health ministry added that it is gathering health information from all passengers who were travelling from China into Nepal.

Current stats on the coronavirus

Nepal's announcement brings the total number of confirmed cases outside of China to 13, according to Chinese state media CGTN.

Other countries with confirmed cases include the United States, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and South Korea.

Meanwhile, there are at least 894 confirmed cases in China.

A total of 26 deaths have been reported in the Hubei, Hebei and Heilongjiang Provinces.

Singapore has three confirmed cases

On Thursday (Jan. 23), Singapore confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.

The 66-year-old Chinese national had arrived in Singapore from Wuhan on Jan. 20.

He tested positive for the virus three days later.

He is currently isolated at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and is in stable condition.

On Friday, Jan. 24 afternoon, Singapore announced two more confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

One of them is a 53-year-old female Chinese national.

The third patient, a 37-year-old male Chinese national, is the son of Singapore’s first confirmed Wuhan case.

All three confirmed cases are Wuhan residents.

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