The Tatopani-Khasa border point has again shut down in less than a day after it became operational. The major trade route to the northern neighbor China was closed unilaterally by the Chinese side after a Nepali laborer tested positive for the coronavirus. No goods were imported through the transit point to Nepal on Tuesday. The transit point had resumed its operation on Monday nearly three months after the disruptions at various sections of the roadway to the point due to landslides. The two sides had reached an agreement to resume the checkpoint on the condition of avoiding the spread of COVID-19.
A government team on Tuesday visited Dr Govinda KC on Tuesday, the 23rd day of his 19th fast-unto-death seeking reforms in Nepal’s medical education sector. The team led by secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Gopinath Mainali, met Dr KC at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) and got informed about the demands raised by the agitating senior orthopedic surgeon who started his 19th hunger strike from Jumla earlier on Sept 14. He was later brought to Kathmandu on September 22. The government team also urged Dr KC to break his hunger strike given the worsening situation of the global pandemic of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “He [Dr KC] proposed holding talks by forming a negotiation committee,” said Secretary Mainali. Mainali also said that he will convey Dr KC’s message to the government.
Nepal’s coronavirus case tally has neared 90,000 after the confirmation of 2,440 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Monday. While providing the country’s national updates on the COVID-19 situation through a virtual media briefing, Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the health ministry, said that a total of 89,263 cases of the coronavirus have been reported from various parts of the country as of today. According to Gautam, 1,133 additional COVID-19 patients were discharged after recovery in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s coronavirus recovery tally to 65,202. At least 13,781 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were conducted at various laboratories across the country on Tuesday.
Of the 1,551 new COVID-19 cases recorded across the country on Tuesday, 1,017 were detected in the Kathmandu Valley. With these new cases, the Valley’s COVID-19 case tally has reached 31,865. Likewise, five people succumbed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in the Kathmandu Valley. So far, 170 people have died of COVID-19 in the Valley. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), 783 new cases in Kathmandu, 116 in Bhaktapur and 118 in Lalitpur were recorded in the past 24 hours. The COVID-19 death rate in the Valley is 0.53 percent while the death rate is 0.62.