Kanchanpur, May 15 -- Until last week, Gaddachauki border point along the Nepal-India border in Kanchanpur saw around 700 to 800 Nepalis return home on a daily basis. Since there were no provisions made for quarantining these individuals, most made their way home directly from the border point, raising concerns of widespread Covid-19 infections in rural villages.

Although the number of people entering Nepal through the border point has dropped down to a little more than 200 a day, the risk of community transmission of the virus remains large for a lack of proper testing and tracing of returnees.

The authorities concerned in Kanchanpur are yet to set up a holding centre for people returning from India.

The Sudurpaschim government had pl...