Influx of home comers to mark Bishu festival amid Covid-19 fear
The Nepali workers have been returning home from various Indian cities to observe the Bishu festival, the New Year celebration. Growing spread of coronavirus in India is also behind the influx of home comers.
The people from Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Darchula, Bajhang, Doti, Bajura, and Achham are returning home of late.
Chief of District Health Office, Shivaraj Sunar, informed that more than 1,000 people were returning home from India daily via Gaddachauki border point. They have been tested for coronavirus in case of the symptoms similar to the virus, he added.
He confirmed that 26 Nepalis returning home via Gaddachauki border point were tested positive for coronavirus last week. "The infected ones have been managed treatment at Mahakali Hospital after being transported by ambulance. Efforts are underway to set up additional isolation wards," he added.
The aura of Bishu festival has however subsided with the increasing spread of coronavirus in the country recently. One of the big festivals in Sudurpaschim Province, Bishu festival, was marked with less vigor last year too.