Although the number of cases was increasing, the government gave up on contact tracing and testing, and tightened the ambit of testing

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Of the 753 local bodies, 153 have not yet submitted the COVID-19 expenditure details, including the fund received from the federal government, provincial government and their allocation, to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA).

NEW DELHI, Feb 21: Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s biggest vaccine maker by volume, on Sunday asked for patience from foreign governments awaiting their supply of COVID-19 shots, saying it had been directed to prioritise India’s requirements.

AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine is more effective when its second dose is given three months after the first, instead of six weeks, a peer-reviewed study published in The Lancet medical journal showed on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has barred banks from keeping the COVID-19 hit firms in the blacklist if the concerned companies are unable to pay loan dues of up to six months.

Mr and Miss Nepal Teen 2021 announced

February 15, 2021 16:30 pm

After a month-long training session which was held amid COVID-19 by following various security and safety precautions, the winners of Miss Nepal Teen 2021 was announced on Tuesday in the grand finale held at Amrapali Banquet and Events, Kathmandu.

It depends, but it’s possible that doubling up could help in some situations.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Nepal’s banks and financial institutions have started facing a decline in excess liquidity with the government collecting excessive internal borrowing and due to an increasing demand for loans from the business community with falling cases of the coronavirus infection.

Reflections on a plague year

February 11, 2021 08:00 am

COVID-19 crisis has accelerated Asia’s global rise in terms of relative economic growth, with China driving the region’s ascent. The contrast between China’s governance structure and that of Western democracies will thus become an even bigger issue for many leaders than it already is.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: The government has reduced the budget of the current fiscal year to Rs 1.34 trillion from Rs 1.47 trillion, citing the spread of the COVID-19 that resulted in slow expenditure and revenue mobilization during the first half of the fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: As many 98.6 percent of the total confirmed COVID-19 patients have so far recovered from the viral disease.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The government started administering the COVID-19 vaccines to journalists, employees at UN agencies, embassies and various diplomatic missions from Monday.

LONDON, Feb 7: Britain plans to tax retailers and tech companies whose profits have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunday Times reported, citing leaked emails.

WASHINGTON, Feb 6: President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress forged ahead with their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday as lawmakers approved a budget outline that will allow them to muscle Biden’s plan through in the coming weeks without Republican support.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: The Nepal Bandha called by the Dahal-Nepal faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) on Thursday has once again crippled the country’s economy at a time when the economic activities have slowly started to gain pace.

The government has already asked the Chinese company to submit the necessary documents including phase III trial data of the vaccine

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Nepal welcomed 8,874 foreign tourists in January, the largest number of foreign visitors in a month since the government imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 24.

LONDON, Feb 2: Eleven people in different regions of England have tested positive for the South African coronavirus variant without having any links to people who have travelled, prompting mass testing in the areas to contain the outbreak.

Problem with the COVID convergence

February 2, 2021 08:00 am

Efficient use of available resources and effective implementation will be more important than ever. With the rich getting poorer, the poor must take matters into their own hands.

Promise and peril of the bio-revolution

February 1, 2021 08:45 am

Many of today’s biological innovations are complex, and we need to understand them fully to gauge their impact on our lives and societies.

Three more Nepalis succumbed to COVID-19 in foreign countries last week

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Altogether 28,732 frontline workers have received a shot of ‘Covishield’ across 77 districts in the country on the second day of the mass vaccination program against COVID-19 that was launched by the government on Wednesday.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 28: A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic left a quarantine hotel in Wuhan on Thursday to begin field work, two weeks after arriving in the Chinese city where the virus emerged in late 2019.

CHITWAN, Jan 28: Almost 40 percent of brick kilns operating across the country have been shut down due to the effects of COVID-19. The brick industries have come to a closure for not being able to bring skilled Indian workers because of the prevalence of life-threatening coronavirus.

A new tone in US-China relations?

January 28, 2021 09:15 am

With Joe Biden as America’s president, the world hopes that the United States will shift away from Trump’s disruptive confrontational approach toward China relations and embark on a path of pragmatic engagement.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Coronavirus infection has been confirmed in a cat for the first time in South Korea.

NEW DELHI, Jan 27: India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Nepal has officially launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive starting Wednesday.  Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the campaign from Baluwatar.

VIDEO: Nepal launches COVID-19 vaccine campaign

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat?

WELLINGTON, Jan 25: New Zealand on Monday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the community in months in a 56-year-old woman, but said close contacts of the recently returned traveller had so far tested negative.

PORTUGAL, Jan 25: A second phase relief is being distributed to a few coronavirus-battered Nepali community people in Portugal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: The total number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has surpassed the 2000-mark in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Nine more Nepali nationals succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in various countries in the past one week.

BEIJING , Jan 24: A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus.

UK, Jan 24: Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is preparing to force travelers from countries where there is a high risk of COVID-19 to go into quarantine for 10 days after arriving in Britain, the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

The Internet versus democracy

January 24, 2021 08:00 am

In a decade punctuated by the global financial crisis, the COVID-19 crisis, a racial-justice crisis, an inequality crisis, and now a political crisis, we have only paid lip service to lofty democratic ideals.

KATHMANDU, Jan 23: At least 40 people died of the novel coronavirus disease in Nepal in the past one week, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

WASHINGTON, Jan 23: Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: A total of 302 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded while conducting PCR test on 3,554 individuals in the country in the past 24 hours.

Health Ministry says vaccination drive against COVID-19 will start within a week

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: With 318 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recorded in the last 24 hours, Nepal’s COVID-19 case tally has reached 268,310 including 262,642 cases of recovery.

NEW DELHI, Jan 20: India started delivering coronavirus vaccines to its neighbours on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, flagging off a drive to garner goodwill in an often fractious region with the first shipment sent to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Over 50,000 Nepalis presently living in South Korea will be entitled to get the vaccines free of cost.

India has decided to provide a limited amount of ‘Covishield’ for free within a week, according to Indian media outlets

WASHINGTON, Jan 19:  U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil soon after President Donald Trump lifted those requirements effective Jan. 26, a spokeswoman for Biden said.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Three Nepali nationals who returned from the United Kingdom have tested positive for the new variant of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Population confirmed.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Nepal is likely to get COVAX vaccine against COVID-19 after four months at the earliest.

BEIJING, Jan 18: China eked out 2.3% economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with disease flare-ups.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: Nepal on Sunday reported the recovery of 400 COVID-19 patients taking the total number of recoveries in the country to 261,444. This accounts for 97.8 percent of the total confirmed cases --- 267,322--- since the first case was detected last year on January 23.