KATHMANDU, June 3: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has now made wearing of masks voluntary, with a steady decline in the number of COVID-19 infections.

Jan 19: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said Americans should wear the most protective mask they can, but stopped short of recommending an N95 or similar face covering. read more

“There would not be any space for patients in hospitals if we fail to break the current infection chain of COVID-19”

Hollywood’s technical expertise can awe us with monsters and imaginary worlds. But is it capable of delivering a simple screen kiss during a pandemic marked by masks and social distancing?

Hollywood star Sandra Bullock has donated to 6,000 N95 masks for healthcare professionals battling the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma will donate emergency supplies including masks, test kits, protective suits, plus ventilators and thermometers to some Asian countries in an attempt to fight the global pandemic of novel coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) has formed a facilitation committee coordinated by its vice-chair Deepak Kumar Malhotra to allay potential risks resulting from Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Flu facts

February 21, 2020 10:29 am

Suyash Dahal, 17, has taken to wearing surgical masks everywhere he goes ever since he first heard news about the potential coronavirus pandemic. Dahal, who is a +2 student, mentions that although he never wore masks until a couple of weeks ago because he finds them uncomfortable, he feels masks have become a necessity right now. The masks, he believes, will, to a certain extent, guard him against infections when he is out. And he thus feels a little safer.

Govt to send 100,000 masks to China

February 7, 2020 07:56 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The government has decided to send 100,000 protective masks to China to battle the coronavirus infection. In a meeting at the prime minsiter’s residence at Baluwatar on Thursday, the government decided to send the masks as there has been a shortage of protective masks in China, following the coronavirus outbreak.

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: Mina Gaha, a 49-year-old from Tansen, Palpa district came to Kathmandu for her child's medical treatment four days ago. Gaha now feels suffocated, with throat and chest pains and coughing.  “I use a cloth mask throughout the day, believing it would help,” she told Republica while walking on a road near Singh Durbar

Teen app sensation Houseparty will get some competition as Facebook Messenger is launching its own split-screen group video chat feature. Six users can appear in split-screen at the time and don Snapchat-style selfie masks, while 50 total can listen and talk over voice while sending text, stickers, emojis, and GIFs.