LONDON, April 1: The number of people with coronavirus who have died in Britain rose by 563 to a total 2,352 by 1600 GMT on March 31, the government said on Wednesday.

MADRID, April 1: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain rose beyond 100,000 as it recorded its biggest one-day death toll from the outbreak on Wednesday, and two planes packed with protective equipment arrived to restock an overloaded public health system.

Kathmandu, April 1 (RSS): After all seven Provinces got the PCR machines for the test on Tuesday, they have begun testing COVID-19 samples.

KATHMANDU, April 1: With the continued exponential growth of COVID-19 around the globe, UNICEF, ILO, and UN Women have urged Nepal government for greater support to working families to minimize its negative impacts on children, labors, and women.

UDAYAPUR, April 1: A patient in Udyapur who was admitted to Udayapur District Hospital after developing symptoms similar to coronavirus has tested negative for this deadly disease on Wednesday.

LONDON, April 1: Losing your sense of smell and taste may be the best way to tell if you have COVID-19, according to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by British scientists to help monitor the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

Where will we be in six months, a year, ten years from now? I lie awake at night wondering what the future holds for my loved ones. My vulnerable friends and relatives. I wonder what will happen to my job, even though I’m luckier than many: I get good sick pay and can work remotely.

LISBON, April 1: Eight Nepalis staying in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, have COVID-19 infection.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed private hospitals to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients on condition that the hospitals would be compensated by the government for the costs involved.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Coronavirus infection was not the cause of this week's three recent deaths at two hospitals in the capital, the government said Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Although the government has claimed that it has been able to track down more than 80 percent of the air passengers sharing flights into Nepal with COVID-19 positive individuals, the authorities on the ground say that tracing them has been difficult. Nepal Police have traced little more than 50 percent of the passengers till Tuesday evening.

KATHMANDU, April 1: COVID-19 cases climbed to five on March 29 after a 19-year-old female student who returned to the country from Belgium via Qatar tested positive for coronavirus.

Say no to stigmatization

April 1, 2020 09:21 am

The world is under the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic—affecting each and every aspect of our life. Lockdown and social distancing have become new normal. Needless to say, no one has been immune to the economic and social fallout of this crisis. Yet, the countries are combating it by taking various measures, because of which people from across the world have started seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Hardest hit the Chinese city of Wuhan has gotten back to normal, for example, and many others are expected to follow suit. Amid the global crisis, however, there is also a rising unity among people to help out those who are suffering or who need help. We have been seeing the good number of good Samaritans coming forward to contribute toward the alleviation of pain and chaos emanating from the pandemic, signaling that the humanity in us is still alive. But sadly, and very, unfortunately, acts of stigmatizing people who are tested positive or who are even just suspected of infection have also started to come out.

WASHINGTON, April 1: If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a shortage of masks, the U.S. is sticking with that advice but Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested people who are worried wear a scarf.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Concerned over the further spread of COVID-19 as a result of unabated cross-border movement of migrant workers, Nepal and India have reached an understanding to take care of each other's nationals who are already assembled on no-man's land and effectively control all cross-border movement until the lockdown period is over.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The meetings both Houses of the federal parliament are being adjourned through notices time and again since the last two weeks citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOLPA, March 31: Health workers in Dolpa have been agitated after chief district officer Suresh Sunar warned of taking action against chief of district health office Sijan Rawal over the issue of setting up a quarantine facility and isolation wards to prevent the coronavirus prevention.

NEW DELHI, March 31: Shortages of protective health gear in India are forcing some doctors to use raincoats and motorbike helmets while fighting the coronavirus, exposing the weak state of the public health system ahead of an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The first batch of essential medical supplies donated by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation has arrived in Kathmandu recently.

KATHMANDU, March 31: At a time when the media have reported the denial of private hospitals to serve the patients suffering from COVID-19 like symptoms across the country, the Supreme Court has issued an interim order that private hospitals need to arrange a facility to treat the COVID-19 patients.

MADRID, March 31: Spain’s coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country’s medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients and the world total climbed to more than 800,000 cases.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The Ministry of Health and Population is making preparations for housing the health workers involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients in well-equipped hotels.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31: Malaysia reported 140 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total to 2,766, with 43 deaths.

JAKARTA, March 31: Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared a national public health emergency over the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and announced measures to help people with lower incomes.

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The coronavirus test reports of the two patients who passed away amidst the isolation care at Bir hospital have turned out negative, the hospital sources said today.

KATHMANDU, March 31: At a time when the market is rife with fake news and rumors about COVID-19, the government on Monday said that those creating and circulating misinformation will face legal action as per the existing law.

COVID-19 and vulnerable workers

March 31, 2020 09:58 am

The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future—economic, social and developmental—will be affected. Our response must be urgent, coordinated and on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need.

KATHMAMNDU, March 31: Nearly a week after the government imposed a temporary lockdown across the nation to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kathmandu Valley and other major cities have started to witness a significant improvement in their Air Quality Index (AQI). On Monday, Kathmandu's AQI was measured to be 85, which is considered as moderate.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The Omni Group which was awarded the contract to supply various medical equipment and logistics to control the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the government at exorbitantly higher prices is found to have been involved in similar controversial procurement deals with the Election Commission (EC) when the Group supplied faulty printing machines to the EC at higher prices.

KATHMANDU, March 31: A total of Rs 207.31 million has been collected in a fund set up by the government to combat the spread of COVID-19

KATHMANDU, March 31: Hundreds of Nepali migrant workers returning home from India are stranded in Dharchula on the Indian side of the Nepal-India border since the last few days after the Darchula district administration barred them from entering Nepal citing the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

DANG, March 31: After a girl who returned from France to Nepal recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the government sought the whereabouts and conditions of others who came in the same flight. This included a young woman from Dang, Laxmi Oli. As the name was also revealed, she soon became a target in her own town in Dang. According to her, everything has changed for her since then. And this continues, even when she has already tested negative for COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The government has barred import of luxury vehicles and a number of expensive edibles to avoid possible fall in foreign currency reserve of the country as economic activities come to a halt due to COVID-19 outbreak.

KATHMANDU, March 31: Internet service providers have said that they cannot provide 25% discount on Internet service as announced by the government unless they receive subsidy or any other support from the government.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The government has made all possible efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent fears.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to provide immediate relief to the daily wage earners who have been struggling for necessities like food during the nationwide lockdown.

BIRENDRANAGAR, March 30: As the country is already in the seventh day of nationwide lockdown enforced by the government, capital of Karnali Province Birendranagar is silent with almost empty streets.

TANAHU, March  30: The Nepal Army (NA) has helped build 13-bed quarantine facility at Parashar Primary School at Byas Municipality-5 in Tanahu district to prevent possible outbreak of COVID-19.

BUTWAL, March 30: The patient who died on Sunday at Butwal based temporary hospital set up for treatment of possible coronavirus patients has tested negative for COVID-19.

Musician-songwriter Alan Merrill has passed away due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 69. The recording artiste died in New York Sunday; his daughter Laura Merrill confirmed the news on Facebook.

Actor Anushka Sharma, her cricketer-husband Virat Kohli, Kartik Aaryan among others on Monday pledged money to various relief funds aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Are you worried that your children are getting bored and kind of depressed due to the current lock down situation? Then, how about letting your kids listen to fun stories online, where professionals such as teachers, writers, journalists and more come live on Storytime in Nepal's Facebook page at 3 pm.

KATHMANDU, March 30: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has introduced a number of relief measures aimed at providing relaxation on repayment of loans for businesses and individuals impacted by the Covid-19, ease liquidity in the banking system and promote electronic transactions and payment.

KATHMANDU, March 30: Lab tests for the coronavirus are to begin in the provinces too. A day after BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences began the COVID-19 test for the first time outside Kathmandu, the Ministry of Health and Population is going to start such tests at Janakpur, Butwal, Hetauda, Pokhara and Surkhet.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The government has come up with a relief measures that aims to extend support to poor and vulnerable hit by the Covid-19 and government lockdown as well as measures to support the businesses and economy from the impact of the pandemic.

Waging War on COVID-19

March 30, 2020 09:47 am

HONG KONG – The world is at war. The enemy is resilient, ruthless, and unpredictable, with no regard for race, nationality, ideology, or wealth. Already, it has killed more than 26,000 people and infected over 560,000, from ordinary workers to the United Kingdom’s prime minister and crown prince. It has halted economies, overwhelmed health-care systems, and forced hundreds of millions to remain confined to their homes. And it will not back down.

COVID-19 and New World Order

March 30, 2020 09:28 am

My maternal grandfather who is 96 never misses to talk about the Second World War whenever I go and visit him. Elaborated anecdotes of the brave Gorkha soldiers fighting in the Burmese front under the Allied Command quickly change to more subdued references to the genocide, massacres, mass bombings and starvation. World War I had seen 40 million military and civilian casualties while the Second World War saw this increase to 75 million deaths. Thirty thousand Gorkha soldiers died in the World War II alone. Disease outbreak was a depressing corollary of all these wars and conflicts.

KATHMANDU, March 30: After several news reports emerged that patients with coronavirus-like symptoms were not attended by medics, the government on Sunday directed hospitals across the country to provide proper health care service to patients needing urgent health assistance.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Amid rising coronavirus cases, the government has decided to extend nationwide lockdown by a week, until April 7.