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.

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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.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed private hospitals to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients on condition that the hospitals would be compensated by the government for the costs involved.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Although the government has claimed that it has been able to track down more than 80 percent of the air passengers sharing flights into Nepal with COVID-19 positive individuals, the authorities on the ground say that tracing them has been difficult. Nepal Police have traced little more than 50 percent of the passengers till Tuesday evening.

KATHMANDU, April 1: The government on Tuesday warned not to use rapid test kits for COVID-19. The advisor to the health minister, Dr Khem Karki, speaking during a press meet on Tuesday warned that the results of the kits are not reliable.

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KATHMANDU, April 1: Price of crude oil in the international market plunged to an almost 18-year low at US $ 20 per barrel on Monday. However, Nepali consumers are bound to keep on paying the higher prices as usual, and this despite the fact the country has adopted an automatic pricing policy.

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.

BHAIRAHAWA, March 31: Around 300 Nepalis are stranded at Sunauli on the Nepal-India border. They have been held up at the no-man's land for 30 hours due to the lockdown that is in effect both in Nepal and India.

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.

KATHMAMNDU, March 31: Nearly a week after the government imposed a temporary lockdown across the nation to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kathmandu Valley and other major cities have started to witness a significant improvement in their Air Quality Index (AQI). On Monday, Kathmandu's AQI was measured to be 85, which is considered as moderate.

NEW YORK, March 31: The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, the deadliest day yet in the country’s mounting crisis, while New York cheered the arrival of a gleaming 1,000-bed U.S. Navy hospital ship as a sign of hope in the city’s desperate fight.

KATHMANDU, March 31: The Omni Group which was awarded the contract to supply various medical equipment and logistics to control the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the government at exorbitantly higher prices is found to have been involved in similar controversial procurement deals with the Election Commission (EC) when the Group supplied faulty printing machines to the EC at higher prices.

DANG, March 31: After a girl who returned from France to Nepal recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the government sought the whereabouts and conditions of others who came in the same flight. This included a young woman from Dang, Laxmi Oli. As the name was also revealed, she soon became a target in her own town in Dang. According to her, everything has changed for her since then. And this continues, even when she has already tested negative for COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, March 31: Police briefly detained as many as 8,500 individuals for wandering outside their homes against the government order during the first week of nationwide lockdown.

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: The entire world is presently battling to contain the spread of coronavirus, termed as COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation. The virus which first emerged from Wuhan of Hubei province in China has already taken a pandemic turn. Bearing in mind the global health threat posed by it, several countries have gone into lockdown, as a precautionary measure against the deadly virus. In this connection, the Government of Nepal also announced a weeklong national lockdown beginning from March 24, which was extended Sunday to last till April 7. The extension was as per the Cabinet meeting decision acting on the recommendation of the High-level Task Force on Coronavirus Infection Prevention, Control, and Treatment headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel.

BIRENDRANAGAR, March 30: As the country is already in the seventh day of nationwide lockdown enforced by the government, capital of Karnali Province Birendranagar is silent with almost empty streets.

CHIPLEDHUNGA, March 30: The Gandaki state government has made the supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), albeit a few, to district hospitals when the country is battling to contain the spread of coronavirus.

MADRID, March 30: Some 12,298 health workers have tested positive for coronavirus in Spain, deputy health emergency chief Maria Jose Sierra said at a news conference on Monday.

KATHMANDU, March 30: Lab tests for the coronavirus are to begin in the provinces too. A day after BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences began the COVID-19 test for the first time outside Kathmandu, the Ministry of Health and Population is going to start such tests at Janakpur, Butwal, Hetauda, Pokhara and Surkhet.

KATHMANDU, March 30: A Nepal Army sky truck which was flying to Sudurpaschim Province carrying medical supplies to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus returned mid-way without delivering the dispatch today morning.

KATHMANDU, March 30: After several news reports emerged that patients with coronavirus-like symptoms were not attended by medics, the government on Sunday directed hospitals across the country to provide proper health care service to patients needing urgent health assistance.

KATHMANDU, March 30: The government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown for the second week until next Tuesday as the country continues to record new cases of coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 30: Eight Nepali students in Australia have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra said on Sunday.

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.

ROME, March 29: Italy’s government will “inevitably” extend beyond April 3 the containment measures it had approved to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the regional affairs minister said on Sunday.

TOKYO, March 29: Ganesh Khaniya Nepalis living in Japan are living amid threats of coronavirus outbreak as it is fast spreading across the world including Japan.

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.

KATHMANDU, March 29: As an effort to reaching to the persons who are in close contact to the reportedly cases of COVID-19, the government has begun a search for such persons.

The news last month that the Bhimsen idol in Dolakha is sweating and it is a sign that ‘something disastrous’ is going to happen in the country. This as a custom required the head of the state to perform a ‘kshama pooja’ to ward off the possibility of something disastrous.

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 Chinese government has provided medical aid to Nepal government on Sunday to combat the novel coronavirus.

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.

RASUWA, March 29: Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi, the main land routes for trade with China, are yet to come into operation despite the decision by both the countries to bring these border points online.

Tourists reluctant to go back home

March 29, 2020 10:57 am

POKHARA, March 29: The District Administration Office of Mustang district sent 58 foreign tourists to Kathmandu on Saturday. But 10 foreign tourists who came in contact with the government officials in the district declined to go back to Kathmandu. They are currently staying in hotels in the district.

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: Government authorities have listed the name of international serial killer Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj among the inmates to be freed under the government's arrangement to protect vulnerable inmates from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nepal's prisons.

32 tourists rescued from Manaslu

March 29, 2020 09:38 am

GORKHA, March 29: The local administration has rescued 32 tourists from Manaslu trekking route in the last three days. The tourists who trekked to the popular destination were stranded due to lockdown imposed in the country over the risk of novel coronavirus. According to Harka Rokka, an official at the district administration office, the tourists were rescued from Wednesday to Saturday and some of them have already been sent off to Kathmandu.

DHANGADHI, March 29: The novel coronavirus infected man from Dhangadi who is undergoing treatment at Seti Regional Hospital has been found to have met dozens of people after coming to Nepal from Dubai. Talking to Republica, he said that a friend from Biratnagar was in the same Delhi – Kathmandu flight on 20 March. "At that time, we were a total of 19 people from Nepal from Dubai to Delhi, and then I was with a friend from Biratnagar for the flight to Kathmandu from Delhi," he said.