KATHMANDU, June 19: Speaking at the National Assembly on Thursday, PM Oli resorted to half truths and misleading statements on coronavirus. During the speech, he made a number of false claims about the coronavirus. He said that corona is a “simple cough and cold, and that sneezing and hot water would get rid of it”. Coronavirus is more than cough and cold. It is a deadly virus. The coronavirus has an R0 of roughly 2 to 2.5, meaning that each new person spreads the disease to about 2.2 people on average. PM Oli also repeated his false claims about Nepalis’ immune system. “Nepalis have an extraordinary immune system,” he said. No medical research has proven anything close to the PM's claims.
The Ministry of Health and Population has estimated that the total number of corona infected will reach 40,000 in the next four weeks. PM Oli, speaking at the National Assembly, said the situation will be under control by February 2021. “This is a mere speculation, and we have too many unknowns at this point,” said a senior doctor working at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital.