There has been a lot of discussion and news about shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) not only in Nepal but globally. In some hospitals, including in the US, health care workers are compelled to work without PPE. Due to looming shortages of PPEs globally, the US President has ordered the companies not to export any PPEs to other countries.
On Weibo, a Twitter-like platform in China, netizens are criticizing the countries with increasing cases of coronavirus for not following China’s containment strategy. Although Beijing was blamed for its cover-up two months ago, the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in China has fallen dramatically and even zero cases have been reported for many days. People in most parts of China are getting back to their normal life while the rest of the world, including Nepal, is experiencing the opposite trend as the coronavirus spreads. As of now, Nepal has reported six confirmed positive cases. All the infected are the Nepalis who returned from foreign countries: China, France, UAE, and Belgium. To contain the spread of the virus, Nepal has imposed nationwide lockdown (now in its second week). Though China was widely criticized in the beginning, now Chinese efforts in bringing the pandemic under control have been widely appreciated. Can China’s model be replicable for Nepal?
On January 25, when WHO reported a total of 1,320 confirmed cases globally for disease the outbreak caused by novel Coronavirus (then named 2019-nCoV), with the majority of the cases (1,297 ) reported in China, Nepal with one confirmed case joined nine countries in the global map spotting confirmed cases. By March 23, the global total for the disease known by then with its new name COVID-19 surpassed 300,000 confirmed cases with the loss of over 14000 lives in some 195 countries. Nepal was fortunate to still remain with the same lone case, which was fully recovered.