COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal

viral outbreak in Nepal

The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal was confirmed on 24 January 2020 in Kathmandu District.

COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal
Cases per 100,000 population by administrative districts (Updated 15 Jun 21:00 UTC)
Total cases by administrative provinces (Updated 10 Jun 19:30 UTC)
Total deaths by administrative provinces (Updated 10 Jun 19:30 UTC)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseKathmandu, Bagmati Pradesh
Arrival date23 January 2020
(4 years, 4 months, 3 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases6,211[1]
Government website
Corona Info, Health Ministry (Nepali)
COVID-19 dashboard, Home Ministry (English)

The first patient in Nepal showed mild symptoms and was released a week earlier and told to self-quarantine at home. Between January and March, Nepal took steps to prevent a widespread outbreak of the disease. The second case was confirmed on 23 March 2020 in Kathmandu. The first case of local transmission was confirmed on 4 April in Kailali District. As of 14 May 2020, a total of 246 cases have been confirmed, affecting 22 districts in six provinces. Thirty two of them have been confirmed recovered.



A country-wide lockdown came into effect from 24 March through 18 May.

Nepal created health-desks at the international airport as well as on border checkpoints with India, starting in mid-January. Land borders with India as well as China were later completely sealed off.

Nepal cancelled its international promotional activities related to Visit Nepal Year 2020. Its economy is expected to be severely affected by the pandemic due to its impact on foreign employment, tourism, manufacturing, construction and trade.[2]

There have been more cases among Nepalese abroad than at home, with 2,000 confirmed cases globally, and dozens of deaths.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "नेपालको पछिल्लो तथ्यांक (Nepal's latest statistics)". Ministry of Health and Population (in Nepali). Archived from the original on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  2. "Govt to carry out impact assessment of coronavirus on economy". The Himalayan Times. 2020-03-06. Archived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-24.