Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Govt yet to trace all passengers on board three aircraft

Kathmandu: Although the government has claimed that it has been able to track down more than 80 percent of the air passengers sharing flights into Nepal with COVID-19 positive individuals, the authorities on the ground say that tracing them has been difficult. Nepal Police have traced little more than 50 percent of the passengers till Tuesday evening.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Dr Bikash Devkota, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the government has been able to trace the contact details of all the COVID-19 cases on two flights. He also said that the government traced the contact details of more than 80 percent of the passengers on the two flights. Four COVID-19 cases had entered Nepal in three flights.

A second and a fifth coronavirus positive case had traveled to Nepal on March 17 by flight QR 652 of Qatar Airways. There were 158 passengers on board the aircraft and 20 of them are not yet in contact with the authorities concerned.

Likewise, a third case arrived by flight G9537 of Air Arabia on March 19. Of the 168 passengers on the flight, Nepal Police have been able to trace only 98.

The fourth case entered Nepal on March 20 by flight UK 155 of Vistara Airlines. Though there were 130 passengers on board, only 14 are in contact with the authorities.

Of the total 456 passengers on the three flights, the government has been able to trace only 250.

According to police, it has been difficult to trace the passengers as the addresses in their passports and their actual addresses don't match.
01/04/20 Ashim Neupane/My Republica
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