NepaliSansar presents you with some of the latest news updates for the week of March 21-27, 2020.
We know that coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in many countries, including Nepal, with the global cases now reaching 598,580.
Nepal has reported only 4 positive cases and has indeed managed to escape the worst so far.
The Nepali Government has never ceased to implement stringent policies including nationwide lockdown and banning international flights to stem the spread of coronavirus infection.
In the same line, Nepal witnessed some significant events pertaining to coronavirus outbreak and other happenings during this week.
Let’s have a glance-
The Nepali Government is planning to send a Nepali Airlines aircraft to China on March 28, 2020 to bring important medical equipment to test and treat coronavirus patients.
Nepal is likely to receive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Viral Transport Medium (VTM), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits and N95 masks, among others.
Nepali Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane has announced a donation of NPR 100,000 to the Nepali Government’s relief fund to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
Announcing his promise through social media platforms, Lamichhane has urged the Nepalis to maintain social distancing and aid the government in its efforts to combat the coronavirus.
Earlier, Nepal has set up an Emergency Relief Fund to alleviate the economical crisis due to coronavirus outbreak.
In a bid to impede black marketing and artificial shortage of essentials during COVID-19 crisis, the Nepali Government has requested the citizens to call toll free number 1149 to report such cases.
The government aims to ensure smooth supply of essentials including food and medical products during the lockdown imposed since March 24, 2020.
A tri-series under the ICC Cricket World Cup League-2 among Nepal, Namibia and Scotland has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier, the tri-series was scheduled from April 20-27, 2020 in Namibia.
“After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority, all ICC qualifying events due to take place before 30 June will be postponed subject to further review,” announced the ICC Cricket Board on March 26, 2020.
According to the IANS-C-VOTER Gallup International Association COVID Tracker 1, only 14% among the 20,000 respondents from 22 countries said that they were using gloves to protect themselves from coronavirus infection.
The least performing nations among the others were Turkey with 2%, the Netherlands with 4% and India with 7%.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games which was scheduled to start from July 24, 2020 in Tokyo over coronavirus threat.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed to delay the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for about a year.
Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari has pledged to contribute her two months’ salary for the ‘Coronavirus Infection Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund’.
Similarly, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has also agreed to donate his one month’s salary to the Fund.
Earlier, the Nepali Government has introduced Relief Fund for the prevention and control of the COVID-19.
According to the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), over 700 suspected coronavirus cases have been tested negative for the virus.
Only three Nepalis have been tested positive for the coronavirus so far. However, the first positive case has already recovered and discharged.
Meanwhile, the Nepali Government has designated five hospitals in the country as ‘Fever Hubs’ and has released NPR 1 million for each hospital to procure necessary medical equipment.
Four Nepali migrant workers have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Spain.
According to the Nepali Embassy in Spain, one among them is undergoing treatment at Sant Pau Hospital while the remaining at De Lliria Hospital in Catalonia.
Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who was admitted to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) on the night of March 26, 2020, is likely to get discharged today.
Earlier on Thursday night, the PM Oli was admitted to the hospital after suffering from health issues related to increased heart rate.
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