NEW YORK, Feb 25: February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.

After some lean months during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fat Thursday finally brought some cheer to Polish confectioners as their sweet-toothed customers feasted on doughnuts.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Amid sparser crowds than usual, mask-wearing worshippers offered prayers to Hindu goddess of education Saraswati in annual celebrations in Nepal on Tuesday - this year seeking safety from the coronavirus pandemic as well as greater wisdom.

Supergirl came out of the dressing room ready for action as usual. She took her place alongside Freddy Krueger, Poison Ivy and Captain America and they kicked off, into song.

In the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, job loss created a financial hardship to low-skilled migrants. It cut off the survival lifelines of the family members back home.

Does pandemic debt relief work?

January 31, 2021 08:00 am

Rather than pursue more debt relief to help the developing world weather the COVID-19 crisis, rich countries should provide pandemic-related necessities directly. Debt relief is so imprecise a mechanism that it is as likely to benefit private-sector creditors as it is to help the poor.

Empathy during the time of pandemic

January 29, 2021 07:00 am

If we show even a small gesture of kindness, it will have a decisive impact upon the person whom it is offered and will set off a chain reaction.

WUHAN, Jan 15: The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Three more Nepali nationals succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in foreign countries in the past one week, the Non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA) said on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31: The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges and pushed the media into an uncharted territory. Across the globe, press freedom has been undermined by governments to control the public narrative and cover up their inadequacies. Authorities have clamped down on the media to control information and public debate about the pandemic.

Living and dying in America in 2021

December 31, 2020 07:00 am

Even if vaccines are widely distributed by mid-2021, there could be several hundred thousand more pandemic-related deaths in the US.

The pandemic’s long economic shadow

December 25, 2020 07:34 am

While mass vaccination points to an end to the COVID-19 pandemic in the next year or so, it does not provide immunity against longer-term economic damage.

Minister Dhakal said that he is ready to face any action if he is found guilty of embezzling state funds in the procurement of medical equipment amid the government’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the federal parliament will hold a discussion with Minister for Health and Population, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal on Friday over the alleged corruption in course of procuring medical equipment for containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism activities reviving in Sauraha

December 17, 2020 12:09 pm

BHARATPUR, Dec 17: Tourism industry of Sauraha which was battered by the Covid-19 pandemic almost for a year has gradually started reviving.

NEW DELHI, Dec 17: India will have to spend $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion in the first phase of a coronavirus vaccination programme, even after getting support under the COVAX global vaccine-sharing scheme, according to estimates by the GAVI vaccines alliance.

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: The Pashupatinath Temple which remained closed for nine months owing to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission fears will be reopened from Wednesday.

SEOUL, Dec 14: South Korea ordered schools to close from Tuesday in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas as it battles its worst outbreak of novel coronavirus since the pandemic began, surpassing the previous peak in February.

The US top infectious disease doctor offered a timeline for ending the COVID-19 pandemic this week, saying that if the coming vaccination campaign goes well, we could approach herd immunity by summer’s end and “normality that is close to where we were before” by the end of 2021.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Nepal government and various donor agencies agreed on a joint statement of support on Friday for Nepal’s Relief, Recovery and Resilience Plan to enable a green, resilient and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: An all-party meeting, called by the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, began at the official residence of the PM in Baluwatar earlier on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: As part of its support to Nepal in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, China delivered 8,500 testing kits and 50,000 N95 masks to the Government of Nepal, on Monday.

BIRATNAGAR, Nov 25: Three more people succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Province 1 in the past one day.

KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Nepal recorded 1,442 new cases, 3,538 recoveries and 12 deaths linked with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past one day.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: Nepal recorded 2,111 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past one day, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

Humla sees four new cases of COVID-19

November 13, 2020 16:05 pm

HUMLA, Nov 13: Four new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been detected in Humla district.

MORALZARZAL, Spain, Nov 12: At 81 years old Spanish mountaineer Carlos Soria is training to tackle one of the world’s highest peaks, a challenge he will dedicate to elderly victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MOSCOW, Nov 11: Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from COVID-19 according to interim trial results, the country’s sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday, as Moscow rushes to keep pace with Western drugmakers in the race for a shot.

NEW DELHI, Nov 10: Air quality in India’s capital deteriorated to its worst this year on Tuesday prompting a social media barrage of residents complaining about stinging eyes, sore throat and breathlessness in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

LISBON, Portugal, Nov 9: Portugal has entered a state of emergency, with curfews imposed in the areas worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: Nepal on Wednesday reported 30 more COVID-19-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities in a single day so far, taking the coronavirus death toll to 1,034.

UNITED STATES, Oct 30: Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 500,000 for the first time on Wednesday, a record one-day increase as countries across the Northern Hemisphere reported daily spikes.

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: The Central Committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party which was scheduled to be held from October 31 to November 2 has been postponed for a month owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Oct 25: The main opposition Nepali Congress has decided not to host annual tea reception this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Oct 20: All commercial banks in the country have decided to close their branches for five days during the Dashain vacation, the Nepal Bankers Association (NBA) said on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Shova Shakya, a provincial lawmaker of Sajha Party, said on Sunday that she has decided not to take the Dashain allowances this year.

LALITPUR, Oct 15: Lalitpur District alone has recorded 48 deaths linked with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Thursday, according to the data maintained by the District Public Health Office, Lalitpur.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Nepal added 3,749 new novel coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking the country’s total case count to 1, 21,745.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said on Wednesday that 2,638 new cases, 2,174 recoveries and 12 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded in the past 24 hours. This takes the country’s coronavirus case tally to 1,17,996.

SIRAHA, Oct 13: The Lahan-based Ram Kumar Sarada Uma Prasad Maurarka Memorial Hospital has shut all its services including emergency from Tuesday after one of its health workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recently.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Nepal recorded additional 153,162 individuals in the unemployment list in the past one week. Job losses have impacted people from all walks of life across the country.

NEPALGUNJ, Oct 11: COVID-19 death toll in Banke has climbed to 26 as two more coronavirus patients died last night.

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The United Nations in Nepal has urged the government of Nepal to take urgent action to address the increasing mental health problems in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: With 2,059 cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past one day, Nepal’s coronavirus case tally hit 100,676 on Friday.

Fusemachines is offering a grant to help schools and colleges go online

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: The Kathmandu Valley, which has emerged as a hotspot for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in recent months, saw 1,684 additional cases of coronavirus in the past one day.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Nine more fatalities linked to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded across Nepal in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 563.

KATHMANDU, Oct 5: 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 in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: The Ministry of Health and Population reported a record daily jump of 2,722 coronavirus infections on Friday, taking Nepal's COVID-19 tally to 82,450 as cases surged across the country.

UNITED STATES, Oct 2: More than 1 million people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus and over 33 million infected.