KATHMANDU, June 2: Forty-five more patients of COVID-19 were discharged from various hospitals across the country after recovery on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, June 2: The number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal crossed 2000 mark on Tuesday with the highest addition on a single day at 288 cases.

RAUTAHAT, June 2: Seventy-four more individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Rautahat on Tuesday.

POKHARA, June 2: Parbat district has reported its first case of novel coronavirus disease. Five persons from the district were diagnosed with this viral infection.

KATHMANDU, June 2: The dairy sector of Nepal is currently facing a loss of Rs 100 million daily as a result of a shrunk market due to the enforcement of lockdown.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Dhan Bahadur Gurung’s sister is a mental health patient, who had come to Kathmandu before the government enforced the nationwide lockdown on March 24. After the government enforced a stay-at-home order, his sister was stuck in Kathmandu, and has been staying at a relative’s house.

SYDNEY, June 1: Several Australian states eased social distancing restrictions further on Monday, allowing restaurants to host more people and public attractions to reopen, as the government moves to revive an ailing economy through accelerated infrastructure spending.

KATHMANDU, June 1: On Saturday, a 35-year-old man from Dullu Municipality in Dailekh died in a quarantine facility. The swab sample of the India-returnee later tested positive for coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Nepal's COVID-19 death toll climbed to eight on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Nepal's COVID-19 tally has reached 1,567 after the confirmation of 166 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population said.

KATHMANDU, May 31: The government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown until June 14.

KATHMANDU, May 30: Thirteen more patients have been discharged from various hospitals across the country after recovery on Saturday. With this, the total number of recovered patients in Nepal has reached 219.

KATHMANDU, May 30: With 189 more people testing positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours in various parts of the country, Nepal's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1401, the Ministry of Health and Population said.

Unlocking the lockdown

May 30, 2020 13:28 pm

If I asked you a question – are you bored of the lockdown? - I am pretty sure all of you would say ‘yes’.

KATHMANDU, May 29: The Quarantine Monitoring and Facilitation Committee has suggested to the government to use hotels to quarantine citizens returning from foreign countries.

KATHMANDU, May 29: Nineteen more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from hospital on Friday.

KATHMANDU, May 29: Nepal's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1212 with 170 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, according to Ministry of Health and Population.

Top health officials say the end of this year would be a best case scenario. But scientists have never created a vaccine so quickly, and there’s no guarantee any under development will ultimately work.

KATHMANDU, May 29: Had it not been for the coronavirus, Nepali climbing guide Tashi Lakpa Sherpa would have been on Mount Everest now, guiding clients and trying to add another feather in his cap - a ninth ascent.

BRI after COVID-19

May 29, 2020 12:35 pm

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China, experts have speculated what its long-term effects on global health, the global economy, and social welfare will be. The human lives lost to the pandemic have been colossal. The economic impact of COVID-19 paints a very dreary picture: rising unemployment, crashing oil prices, and increasing risk of recession, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicting that the global economy will shrink by three percent in 2020. Bloomberg Economics’ analysis predicts that, in the worst case, COVID-19 could cost the global economy $2.7 trillion in global output, recessions in the US, Euro-area, and Japan, and the slowest growth on record in China.

KATHMANDU, May 28: The government has set up a Rs 50 billion fund for the COVID-19 affected tourism industry and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

KATHMANDU: At a time when the whole world has been battling hard to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has allocated a total of Rs six billion for the fight against the deadly virus.

KATHMANDU, May 28: Nepal has recorded highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 156 new infections on Thursday. With this, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 1042.

MAHOTTARI, May 28: Seventy-six new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Province 2 on Thursday morning.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Two doctors of the Jorpati-based Nepal Medical College have been manhandled by a local of Besigaun in Kathmandu, after a patient they attended died while undergoing treatment. Doctors suspect that the patient could have been infected with COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Twenty-eight more COVID-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals after recovery on Wednesday, taking the total number of discharged patients to 183, the Ministry of Health and Population said.

KATHMANDU, May 27: Nepal's COVID-19 tally has reached 886 with new cases 114 on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, May 26: The total investment from the government and the private sector has been projected to decline by 3.4 percent to Rs 1.88 trillion in the current fiscal year. The government has blamed the threat of COVID-19 and measures put in place to curb it for the decline.

GENEVA , May 26: The World Health Organization has suspended testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, May 25: Indian government has evacuated three Nepali nationals from Australia and one from Indonesia along with other Indian nationals.

KATHMANDU, May 25: Dairy entrepreneurs are seeking relief packages from the government through the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2020/21.

KATHMANDU, May 25: The COVID-19 death toll in Nepal has reached four after the swab samples of a pneumonia patient, who died at the National Medical College in Birgunj on May 17, tested positive for COVID-19.

MUMBAI, May 25: India reported another 6,977 cases, taking its total to 138,845, according to government data, despite the world’s longest lockdown imposed in March by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Total deaths have passed 4,000.

KATHMANDU, May 24:  CREASION and Coca-Cola in Nepal have announced a joint initiative named Waste Worker Emergency Relief Project (WWERP) in a bid to provide awareness, safety gears and relief materials to waste workers and their families amid the global pandemic.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The total number of people infected by COVID-19 has climbed to 603 in Nepal with 19 new cases in various districts today, Ministry of Health and Population said.

Innovating online education

May 24, 2020 17:00 pm

Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, the now popular online education system had rarely become a priority for Nepali academic institutions. Now the nationwide lockdown has compelled the majority of the institutions and their teachers to run their classes online, mostly by using Zoom software. The evolving trend in the Nepali education system has thus made Nepali teachers, students, and parents familiar with the online classes. Thus COVID-19 has made virtual teaching and learning a new normal. But without proper plans, sufficient technological tools, and much-needed awareness among all stakeholders, it won’t be possible to achieve positive outcomes from ongoing online education. The past experiences have shown that poorly designed technologies rather discourage the teachers and students from adopting it.

KATHMANDU, May 23: After the confirmation of 36 new cases of coronavirus in various districts today afternoon, Nepal's COVID-19 tally jumped to 584, according to Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

KATHMANDU, May 23: Experts have urged the government to ensure a digital ecosystem and related security system providing access to all concerned at a time when the country has been reeling under a two-month long nationwide lockdown.

KATHMANDU: While different countries have been operating chartered flights to repatriate their citizens from Nepal, there are more than 5,000 foreign tourists still stranded in the country, according to an official at the Department of Immigration (DoI).

KATHMANDU, May 23: If Bojo and Jobo could speak human languages, they wouldn’t forget to mention about the inimitable happiness they’re feeling at present. They are mostly seen wagging their tails and revealing smiles with relaxed eyes and ears. These are the main signs shown by happy canines.

KATHMANDU, May 22: As many as 21 COVID-19 patients including the first case reported in Nepalgunj, Banke, have been discharged from hospital after recovery on Friday.

MUMBAI, May 22: India registered some 6,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, the country’s biggest jump in 24 hours, as New Delhi eases a nationwide lockdown and airlines prepare to resume some domestic flights.

KATHMANDU, May 22: As the government prepares to bring the migrant workers back to Nepal, the question on its capacity to hold the operation lingers. Not only because the number is huge, but also because there are challenges the government has to face in order to realize the plan.

KATHMANDU, May 21: With several negative impacts on the economic activities amid the growing threat of Covid-19 across the country, the government is expected to come up with effective programs to boost the agricultural sector via the announcement of the budget for fiscal year 2020/21 that is scheduled for May 28.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Nepal's COVID-19 tally jumped to 453 with nine new cases today, the Ministry of Health and Population said.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Four COVID-19 patients were discharged from the Teku-based Shukraraaj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital on Thursday afternoon after they tested negative for the virus in two consecutive tests in the last 24 hours.

KATHMANDU, May 21: Amid the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the Kathmandu Valley, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has instructed all the local units inside the Valley to seal off all entry points to further restrict the people's movement.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Earlier this month, police found two dead bodies in Butwal Sub-metropolitan City-19 in Rupandehi district. The police investigation found that the reason behind their death was suicide. They had committed suicide together. This is just an example of a suicide case, which has increased by a significant number after the government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 24.

KATHMANDU, May 20: The Ministry of Health and Population has refuted rumor that a COVID-19 patient from Gulmi had died while undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Rupandehi.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Nepal's COVID-19 tally has jumped to 427 with 25 new cases in various districts today.