The Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed three more cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases identified in the country to nine.

According to the ministry, the three patients are a 21-year-old man from Kailali who had recently returned from Mumbai; a 41-year-old man from Kanchanpur who returned from Uttarakhand; and a 34-year-old woman from Kailali, a relative of a person who had earlier tested positive for the disease.

According to an official at the Provincial Health Directorate of Sudurpaschim Province, the 34-year-old woman is the sister-in-law of the 34-year-old man who had returned from the United Arab Emirates and tested positive for Covid-19. This marks the first instance of the local transmission of the disease, said the Health Ministry.