Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

February 11, 2020

The first 2019 novel coronavirus case in Nepal



  • Bastola, et al. provide a case report of the first confirmed 2019-nCoV case in Nepal. The case was a student in Wuhan returning to Nepal six days after symptom onset on 3 January, 2020. [Note: Potential inconsistency, implies that case left China on 9 Jan (by air) and arrived in Nepal on 13 Jan.]
  • Case presentation and resolution are consistent with spectrum of disease in hospitalized patients described elsewhere, noting he was on the mild end of this spectrum compared to others from early to mid-January. Follow-up RT-PCR on throat swabs were negative by 29 and 30 January.

Bastola, et al. (Feb 10, 2020) The first 2019 novel coronavirus case in Nepal. Lancet Infect Dis. Published online,