As the European and American countries are crumbling due to the unprecedented impact of coronavirus, most of the Nepalis residing there are reeling under high stress and psychological pressure to reach their homeland.
According to the Non-Resident Nepalis’ Association (NRNA), around 77% of the Nepalis living in various foreign countries are desperate to return to Nepal.
“77% of the Nepalis who call at our 24/7 helpline have requested us to facilitate in their return and 11% have opted for travel to some other countries,” said Dr. Hem Raj Sharma, NRNA General Secretary.
Non- Resident Nepalis (NRNs) in various countries including the UAE, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Mozambique, Finland, the USA and the UK have escalated their problems.
“Even most of the parents of the migrant workers are more worried and have been requesting NRNA to work for their return,” he added.
Most of the Nepalis in middle east countries have already lost their jobs and are on the verge of the financial crisis.
Meanwhile, the NRNA has been collecting the data of the affected NRNs and working with Nepali Embassies abroad to facilitate the most essential needs.
So far, Nepal has reported only 16 coronavirus infection cases.
According to the Ministry of Health and Populations (MoHP), the Nepali Government has conducted sample tests on 12,900 people so far across the country. Among them, 6,299 persons were tested through Polymerase Change Reaction (PCR) and 6,606 persons through Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT).
So far, 5,771 suspects have been kept in quarantine and 99 in isolation wards.
Meanwhile, the government has started to contact tracing of the relatives and neighbors of the COVID-19 patients.
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