Kathmandu, Apr. 12:  The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) confirmed three new positive cases of COVID-19 today.

“While conducting test of 21 suspected COVID-19 patients residing at a mosque in Birgunj Metropolitan City-2, Parsa, three men of age 37, 55 and 44 have tested positive for the virus,” informed the ministry through its official Facebook page today.

The Ministry informed that the infected patients were kept in isolation in the Narayani Hospital, Birgunj, and the test was initially done at Viral Disease Research and Training Centre, Hetauda.

After three positive cases were seen in Hetauda, the throat swab samples were again sent to National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) for a re-test on April 11, where the infection of SARS-CoV-2 in three men was confirmed.

The Ministry further informed that it had started contact tracing of those who had come in direct contact with the patients.

With this, the number of COVID-19 patients in Nepal has reached 12 where, one has been cured while 11 have been receiving treatment in different hospitals in the country.

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