KATHMANDU, Oct 29: The government has urged people to be cautious since the sub-variant XBB of Omicron variant has been detected in Nepal.

NC leader Sitaula catches COVID-19

August 24, 2022 13:00 pm

KATHMANDU, August 24: Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus. The infection was confirmed during a corona test at Hams Hospital on Tuesday.

Coronavirus behaves in mysterious ways. Once affected, it is difficult to fathom when one can be completely relieved of the virus. While some people recover from it, as per the WHO estimation 10 to 20% of those affected get symptoms even weeks and months after the infection.

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, many signs and symptoms have come to fore. While many have been categorized as the common signs like headache, fever and sore throat, many others like loss of smell and taste were distinct to only a particular type of variant of the coronavirus. Research studies have found several other uncommon symptoms of a COVID infection which calls for more attention towards COVID. These signs need to be detected early and the health issues associated with them should be addressed as early as possible.

Adele has postponed a 24-date Las Vegas residency hours before it was to start, citing delivery delays and coronavirus illness in her crew. The chart-topping British singer said she was “gutted” and promised to reschedule the shows.

Jan 7: The more infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 appears to produce less severe disease than the globally dominant Delta strain, but should not be categorised as "mild", World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Thursday.

NEW YORK, Dec 25: Commercial airlines around the world canceled more than 4,500 flights over the Christmas weekend, as a mounting wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travelers.

ATLANTA, Dec 9: More than 40 people in the U.S. have been found to be infected with the omicron variant so far, and more than three-quarters of them had been vaccinated, the chief of the CDC said Wednesday. But she said nearly all of them were only mildly ill.

NEW DELHI, May 29: India reported on Saturday 173,790 new coronavirus infections during the previous 24 hours, its lowest daily rise in 45 days, while deaths rose by 3,617.

NEW DELHI, May 18: India total COVID-19 caseload surged past 25 million on Tuesday as a powerful cyclone complicated the health crisis in one of the states where the disease is spreading most quickly.

Recovery numbers are on the rise, the data released by the health ministry shows. On Sunday, 6,648 corona patients gained recovery while the number on Saturday was 5,455. The number of recoveries on Thursday (5,055) rose to 6,135 on Friday, sending some signs of hope amidst the gloomy situation created by the second wave of the disease.

NEW DELHI, May 15: India reported on Saturday its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three weeks, but deaths stayed near the 4,000-mark as the World Health Organisation warned that the second year of the pandemic could be worse than the first.

KATHMANDU, May 15: A key leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC), Gagan Thap has urged Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to concentrate all his efforts on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, May 14: On Friday, the health ministry said that as many as 6,135 more patients got over the coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours. It is the highest ever single-day recovery recorded in the country so far.

KATHMANDU, May 13: Nepal is being ravaged by the deadlier second wave of the coronavirus disease. Around 10,000 new cases are being detected on a daily basis and more than 100 patients died of the disease every day over the past few days.

Yes, it’s possible. The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

ASUNCION/SANTIAGO, July 27: Coronavirus cases in Latin America for the first time have surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed on Sunday, amid a surge of infections in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

CHICAGO, July 11: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed a clash among medical experts over disease transmission that stretches back nearly a century - to the very origins of germ theory.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Nepal's economy is expected to suffer a hit of over $1 billion due to coronavirus containment measures which have hurt business activity and tourism in the Himalayan nation, a central bank official said on Thursday.

NEW DELHI, June 1: India has registered 230 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its total to 5,394 as the country begins its three-stage reopening on Monday.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Despite the lockdown orders of the government, the major cities of Sarlahi are still open and people are found defying lockdown orders everywhere.

In quarantine, in America

May 3, 2020 12:41 pm

Too much freedom spoils a country and its characters. I have evolved as an unstable character since I started working from home beginning mid-March because of stay-at-home orders owing to the coronavirus pandemic. My workspace keeps changing from couch to study table to dining table to the kitchen island to deck depending on my mood. I can occupy any space I want anytime. Had it not been for the coronavirus, I would be working from a space that is neither assigned nor reserved to me.

MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD, India, April 23: Parts of India have recorded dramatic falls in the number of deaths at a time when funeral parlors were bracing for a surge amid the coronavirus crisis.

LONDON, April 21: The true extent of Britain’s COVID-19 death toll was more than 40% higher than the government’s daily figures indicated as of April 10, according to data that put the country on track to become among the worst-hit in Europe.

Curing corona

April 20, 2020 16:40 pm

With now almost four months, the corona pandemic has resulted in over 100 thousand deaths. The modeling based on a number of tests and recovery data to date indicates some positive trend of recovery but it has not been very effective. The world focused on isolation measures, developing drugs and vaccines but various other options. Let me talk about those options. Vaccination is an ultimate cure as it helps the body to make an antibody to fight virus attacks. Scientists were able to quickly sequence the genetic materials of COVID-19 as early as in January and manipulate its gene sequence to develop a vaccine. A vaccine developed earlier for corona epidemics—SARS in 2002-04 and Mers in 2012—was never used as the virus was contained. These vaccines are now being trialed against COVID-19 by Novavax company and ready for human trials this spring. A biotech firm Moderna also claims that their vaccine will go for clinical trial soon in Australia. China is also on the race to try its own vaccine for clinical trials. A vaccine needs testing in animals first and then in humans in three-phase trials for approval. Thus it could cost several hundred million dollars.

Nepali film fraternity is also stagnant as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rattles across the globe. The condition of daily wage film technicians even worsened since the shooting of the films have been halted for over a couple of weeks.

Aches and pains, sore throat, fever—although they may feel similar to those suffering from their symptoms, the novel coronavirus is not the same as the seasonal flu, experts stressed.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Normally, people observe Holi, the festival of colors, with fanfare in the mountainous and hilly regions of the country.

ROME, March 8: Italy’s prime minister announced a sweeping coronavirus quarantine early Sunday, restricting the movements of about a quarter of the country’s population in a bid to limit contagions at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak.

BEIJING, Feb 14: More than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have been infected by the new virus that has killed nearly 1,400 people and spread to other parts of Asia and as far as the U.S. and Europe, a senior Chinese official announced Friday.

BEIJING, Feb 13: The Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll on Thursday under a new method for diagnosing cases, as health experts warned the epidemic could get worse before it gets better.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has said that China will overcome the battle against corona virus outbreak through its concerted efforts.

TOKYO, Feb 12: Japan’s health ministry said Wednesday that 39 new cases of a virus have been confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port.

BEIJING, Feb 9: After making sure everyone’s face mask is on and sanitizer is to hand, the Qiao family heads out to Jingshan Park, a former royal sanctuary beside the Forbidden City in China’s capital Beijing.

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Feb 9:  China raised the death toll from its coronavirus outbreak to 811 on Sunday, passing the number killed globally by the SARS epidemic, as authorities made plans for millions of people returning to work after an extended Lunar New Year break.

BEIJING, Feb 9: A 60-year-old American has died of the new coronavirus, the first confirmed non-Chinese death of the illness, U.S. officials said, as millions of Chinese began returning home after a Lunar New Year break that was extended to try to contain the outbreak.

CHIWAN, Feb 7: The Regional Hotel Association, Chitwan has urged the foreign tourists to visit Chitwan.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Minister for Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal has said the coronavirus has not been yet seen in the country and the government is working for high alertness to prevent the possible risk of infection.

KHANDBARI, Feb 4: The Kimathnka transit point in the northern belt of Sankhuwasabha district has been closed. China has shut the transit point after the spread of corona virus in China.

MAHOTTARI, Feb 4: In order to check possible outbreak of coronavirus infection, health desks have been set up in 11 different places in Mahottari along the Indian border.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has said that two aircrafts are ready for the evacuation of Nepali students from Wuhan city of China.

CHITWAN, Feb 1: Bharatpur Hospital has maintained high alert after the epidemic of corona virus spread from neighbouring country China.

DHARAN, Jan 31: A patient admitted in the BPKIHS in Dharan and suspected to have been infected with corona virus has been sent to the National Epidemiology and Disease Control at Teku, Kathmandu, for further examination.

BENGALURU, Jan 30: India reported its first case of the new coronavirus on Thursday, saying a woman in the southern state of Kerala had tested positive in an outbreak that originated in China, killing 170 people, and spread abroad.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Nepal will have to withstand adverse impacts in number of its macroeconomic areas with an increasing threat of coronavirus which has claimed over 100 human lives and infected more than 4,500 people in China alone.

BEIJING, Jan 29: The death toll from a new coronavirus in China rose sharply to 132 on Wednesday with nearly 1,500 new cases, heaping pressure on Beijing to control the disease as U.S. officials said the White House was weighing whether to suspend all flights to the country.

BEIJING, Jan 28: The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday he is confident in China’s ability to contain a new coronavirus that has killed 106 people and he called for calm, saying he did not think foreigners should be evacuated, Chinese media reported.

BERLIN, Jan 28: Authorities in Germany have confirmed the country’s first case of the new virus that emerged in central China.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Nepali embassy in China has urged its citizens in Wuhan to contact its emergency numbers urgently to facilitate evacuation from the city after an outbreak of coronavirus, which has killed 100 people in China.

SHANGHAI, Jan 28: The United States warned against travel to China on Monday and Canada issued a more narrow travel warning as the death toll from the spreading coronavirus passed 100, with tens of millions stranded during the biggest holiday of the year and global markets rattled.