In the much-anticipated address to the nation on April 7, 2020, Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that the next two weeks are very crucial in the ‘fight against COVID-19‘.
He said that a country like Nepal with high poverty and poor public health service will have no alternative than to enforce a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
The government is screening coronavirus suspects and conducting a second round of tests to ensure infection status, he added.
PM Oli expressed his deep concern over the daily wage earners who are facing hardships due to lockdown.
He said that the ‘Stay at Home’ is one of the greatest challenges faced by the millennial population and urged the people to support the government to combat the COVID-19.
“I can easily feel how painful it is to be in isolation as I have also spent several years in the jail,” PM Oli said. “It is high time that all concerned came together to overcome the crisis.”
He urged the media to support the government and refrain from criticizing in this time of unprecedented crisis. “I am well-aware of the media reports,” he said.
He appreciated the doctors, medical staff, security personnel and civil servants for their selfless contribution amid the growing threat of coronavirus.
PM Oli promised that the volunteers deployed in the COVID-19 treatment will be provided NPR 1,500 as allowance and the health workers will be insured for NPR 2.5 million.
He also informed that the Nepali Government is working aggressively to combat the coronavirus pandemic and has arranged 3,259 isolation beds.
Meanwhile, the Nepali Government has extended the suspension on international flights by 15 days until April 15, 2020.
So far, Nepal has reported nine coronavirus infection cases. However, the first case has already recovered and discharged.
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