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Nepal appeals for COVID-19 vaccines as cases rise

Published On: May 4, 2021 02:44 PM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, May 4: Nepal urgently needs at least 1.6 million AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer second shots as the Himalayan country is recording a surge in new coronavirus cases.

Nepal battles worst forest fires in years as air quality drops

Published On: April 10, 2021 07:27 AM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, April 10: Nepal is battling its worst forest fires in years, officials said on Friday, with smoke wafting across its mountains and souring the air as it settles into the bowl that holds capital city Kathmandu.

In Nepal's capital, sole crematorium for COVID victims becomes busier

Published On: October 29, 2020 06:00 PM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: As the number of coronavirus deaths climbs in Nepal, workers at the only crematorium in Kathmandu designated to handle the victims have been working past midnight, their meagre wages supplemented by less than 50 U.S. cents for each corpse.

Nepal warns of healthcare crisis as coronavirus infections cross 100,000

Published On: October 9, 2020 10:05 PM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, Oct 9:  Nepal’s total coronavirus infections passed 100,000 on Friday, the health ministry said, and are rising at a faster rate than both Pakistan and Bangladesh which have far larger populations.

Nearly a quarter of Nepal's workers lost jobs due to coronavirus - central bank

Published On: August 13, 2020 03:39 PM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: Nepali businesses have laid off 22.5% of their workers as measures to contain the novel coronavirus hit tourism and other activities, a senior central bank official said on Thursday, citing a study of the economic impact of the outbreak.

Nepal families face hunger, skip meals as pandemic hits remittances

Published On: June 30, 2020 12:26 PM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, June 30: Nepali housewife Shiba Kala Limbu grimaced as she recalled how she went hungry in order to feed her five-year-old daughter after the coronavirus pandemic cost her husband his job as a mason in the Gulf state of Qatar.

Nepal economy to suffer $1.4 billion hit due to coronavirus - central bank official

Published On: June 5, 2020 12:28 PM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, June 5: Nepal's economy is expected to suffer a hit of over $1 billion due to coronavirus containment measures which have hurt business activity and tourism in the Himalayan nation, a central bank official said on Thursday.

Hit by lockdown, Nepal cuts growth forecast to lowest in four years

Published On: May 1, 2020 08:12 AM NPT By: Gopal Sharma/Reuters

KATHMANDU, May 1: Nepal has cut its economic growth forecast for the fiscal year that ends in mid-July to the lowest in four years, saying on Thursday the country had taken a hit from a nationwide lockdown to control the coronavirus outbreak.