KATHMANDU, April 1: A total of 1133 lab tests for novel coronavirus disease have been conducted as of Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

LAHAN, April 1: 18 persons who have recently returned from the Indian capital New Delhi after participating in a religious fair at Nizamuddin Mosque (Markaz) have been kept in quarantine in Saptari.

BIRENDRANAGAR, April 1: Lab test of 11 patients from Karnali province has turned out negative.

UAE, April 1: The number of Nepalese infected from coronavirus disease in the United Arab Emirates has climbed to eight, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, UAE.

BENI, March 31: The ongoing lockdown has delivered a severe blow to dairy farmers in Myagdi who rely on selling milk.

KATHMANDU, March 31: As the government on Sunday announced to provide relief package to the daily bread earners through the local levels, people have flocked to the ward offices on Tuesday.

DANG, March 31: A ward official at Ghorahi sub-metropolitan city-2 in Dang has been arrested after he forced a nurse to leave a rented room in his house suspecting that she could transmit the coronavirus to his family.

KATHMANDU, March 31: United States has repatriated its citizens who were left stranded in different parts of Nepal due to nationwide lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus diseases.

KATHMANDU, March 31: As the nationwide lockdown entered its eighth day today, the laborers especially involved in various construction works in Kathmandu valley have started heading towards their homes.

BHAKATAPUR, March 31: Bhaktapur municipal office has introduced stricter rules in an attempt to control people’s mobility during the lockdown order enforced by the government.

BIRATNAGAR, March 30: Although the government has suspended land border crossings with India to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Nepali nationals mostly migrant workers have been defying this restriction and entering the eastern districts of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, March 30: Ministry of Health and Population has said that family members of all four coronavirus patients do not have an infection of this deadly disease.

KATHMANDU, March 30: Two suspected coronavirus patients died in course of treatment in Bir Hospital, Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, March 29: A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's official residence, Baluwatar, has taken various decisions ranging from extending lockdown period by one week to providing relief packages to affected ones.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Nepal government on Sunday decided to extend its ban on all international commercial passenger flights until April 15 as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

ITAHARI, March 29: As per the federal government's decision to test COVID-19 in each state, Province  1 has started testing throat swab to find whether a person is contracted with COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, March 29: The number of corona cases has climbed to 5 as a young girl from Baglung who recently returned from Belgium via Qatar Airways’ flight tested positive on Saturday. With this, two cases were detected outside the capital.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Amid concerns that researchers have not been able to make vaccines universally applicable to every patient battling Covid-19, doctors from China and Nepal on Saturday shared their experiences of medical treatment and containment of the deadly virus via a video conference.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Coronavirus infections in Nepal have climbed to five today after a 19-year-old female who returned to the country from Belgium via Qatar tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said.

KATHMANDU, March 29: As the country entered the sixth day of nationwide lockdown in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic, people in Bhaktapur were found flocking to streets and shops defying lockdown orders announced by the government.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Despite concerns over the risk of Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the economy, the government has become slow over its responses to come up with measures to tackle the economic fallout of the pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 29: Nepal Airlines' Airbus 330 carrying medical items has landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu today morning.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Scores of tourists on the foothills of Mount Everest have been flown to safety days after being stranded on the only airstrip serving the world’s highest mountain.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Nepal Airlines’ RA 4171 aircraft has left for Guangzhou, China to bring necessary medical equipment at 12:31 pm on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, March 28: National Innovation Center has started the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) required for health workers during the treatment of coronavirus patients.

SURUNGA, March 28: A person spreading rumours in social media that coronavirus infection had been found in Jhapa district was arrested from Damak on Friday evening.

Lockdown may be extended by a week

March 28, 2020 10:05 am

KATHMANDU, March 28: After a fourth COVID-19 positive patient was diagnosed in Nepal on Friday the government is planning to extend the nationwide lockdown for another week, according to top government sources.

It is not known whether the disease is spreading its tentacles in the towns and villages and this state of ignorance could turn out to be costly, says Dr Pun.

307 foreigners flown out of Nepal

March 28, 2020 07:05 am

KATHMANDU, March 28: A total of 307 foreigners nationals left here on a Qatar Airways aircraft on Friday.

WASHINGTON, March 28:  President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Though private hospitals in Kathmandu have set up fever clinics to test suspected COVID-19 cases as directed by the government, medics are collecting swab samples and keeping the suspected cases in isolation without wearing personal protection equipment (PPE).

KATHMANDU, March 27: Five flights have been scheduled to fly to Lukla tomorrow morning to rescue the tourists who have left stranded there following the enforcement of nationwide lockdown by the government as an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said.

George Washington University Hospital received its first COVID-19-positive patient on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The man, in his late 50s was transferred from another hospital after his initial symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) quickly escalated. He was connected to a ventilator at that hospital but eventually required a more intensive intervention.

KATHMANDU, March 27: Main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has urged the government to launch relief package to address the concerns of people from various walks of life who have been adversely affected by the lockdown enforced by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

SYANGJA, March 27: A total of 213 individuals have stayed in self and home quarantine in Syangja district, the officials confirmed. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of District Police Office, Syangja Nabin Krishna Bhandari said that those 213 people living in quarantines had returned from different countries after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Kathmandu, March 27:A massive swab testing campaign including the establishment of drive-thru test centers and mobile booths across the the country is hailed as one of the major successes of South Korea to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The second country to cope up with the virus outbreak after China developed a testing capacity of 20,000 per day from 633 sites across the nation

While reports claim that individuals with the symptoms are not being entertained by private hospitals triggering a riskier and chaotic situation, the government's coordination is seen not very effective to handle the national crisis. Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali spoke to Republica's Anjali Subedi on these issues. Excerpt:

Rules to be followed while in self-quarantine

KATHMANDU, March 26: A total of 16 foreign tourists who have left stranded due to lockdown enforced to contain COVID-19 have been rescued from Lukla Airport on Thursday.

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LONDON, March 26: Britain on Thursday said Prince Charles, who has coronavirus, did not jump the queue for a test because his symptoms and condition met the criteria.

KATHMANDU, March 26: A chartered plane of Buddha air is flying to Pokhara to rescue 47 French nationals, sources said.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started spraying disinfectant to curb the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the capital.

KATHMANDU, March 26: While the government is struggling to maintain smooth supply of essentials during a weeklong lockdown, the Indian government's 21-day lockdown has added to the uncertainty among the people regarding the adequate availability of daily necessities.

KATHMANDU, March 26: To address the shortage of human resources needed to deal with COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is set to recruit 134 medical staff immediately. They will include seven general physicians, seven anesthesiologists, 20 medical officers and 100 staff nurse.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Nepal government has decided to reopen its key border points with China in order to ease the supply of essential goods.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Although a COVID-19 suspect tested positive for the virus on Tuesday evening, doctors at Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) at Teku were not informed about this, putting the lives of the medical staff involved at risk.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Even after complaints over sort of Covid-19 test facilities outside Kathmandu valley government is still struggling to extend the laboratory outside from National Public Health Laboratory Teku.Public outcry has escalated against the government for failing to conduct swab test outside the capital and carrying out limited tests even in the Kathmandu.

COVID 19: Let's act wisely

March 26, 2020 05:00 am

KATHMANDU, March 25: Hours after the second coronavirus case confirmed in Kathmandu on March 23, the government said that the entire country would be under complete shutdown from the early next morning. Amid coronavirus outbreak fears, the government imposed the week-long lockdown to prevent people from stepping out of their homes and risking contagion.

KATHMANDU, March 25: Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal on Wednesday shared briefly about the third COVID-19 infected person in Nepal.