Just a year ago, on May 16, 2020, Nepal recorded its first COVID-19 death case and on Sunday, Nepal’s COVID-19 death cases surpassed the 5,000 mark.

With South Asia becoming the center of the Corona pandemic in recent times, Nepal has reached a position where the daily positivity is very high not only in this region but also in the world. Past experience and inability to learn from the rest of the world is the biggest weakness and mistake of Nepal.

INDIA, May 6: A top scientific adviser to the Indian government warned on Wednesday the country would inevitably face further waves of the coronavirus pandemic, as almost 4,000 people died in the space of a day.

INDIA, May 2: India recorded more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Saturday as it battles a devastating second wave, and the country’s massive new vaccination drive was hampered in some areas by shortages of the shots.

As the world marches into yet another year of coronavirus pandemic, the second wave of infections in India has reached record levels putting the country’s health care system on the verge of collapse. So, what went wrong, and what Nepal can learn from India.

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April 26, 2021 10:16 am

The second wave of the coronavirus has begun to swallow our health systems. Hospitals and health workers in cities like Nepalgunj have been pleading with the government to provide them with the necessary resources to treat the patients. Major hospitals, both public and private, in Kathmandu have said that they have run out of beds and other resources to treat additional COVID-19 patients. Dr Sagar Kumar Rajbhandari, director of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH), said that hospitals will soon be on the brink of collapse if we do not act now. We have seen Prime Minister Oli violating public health protocols set by the health ministry.

KATHMANDU, April 26: A total of 72 people have died in the last three days due to COVID-19 infection, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

KATHMANDU, April 26: Bibeksheel Sajha Party has issued a circular asking its members to follow public health standards in the view of increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.

KATHMANDU, April 25: The medical treatment provided to COVID-19 patients in Nepal is ineffective as the country battles the second wave of the viral disease, according to the Health Emergency and Disaster Management Unit (HEDMU) of the Ministry of Health and Population.

KATHMANDU, April 23:  The major hospitals in the Kathmandu valley have become beds and ICUs for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. As they are already full of their bed capacity, the hospitals have stated that they are forced to refer them elsewhere in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

BIRGUNJ, April 16: Birgunj Metropolitan City has turned into a COVID-19 hotspot once again as the second wave of the viral disease hits Nepal and its neighboring country, India severely.

Meeting likely to take various measures to contain second wave of COVID-19

KATHMANDU, March 25: The COVID-19 infection in neighboring India has intensified in recent days. Its effect might be visible in Nepal within a week, health ministry officials say.

BIRGUNJ, March 24: High alertness has been adopted at the border transit points in eight districts of Province 2 with a surge again in the number of coronavirus infection cases in India.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: The National Concerns and Coordination Committee under the National Assembly has directed the government agencies concerned to be more vigilant and put in place proper proper health security arrangement in view of the possible second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).

LONDON, Jan 2: Britain reactivated emergency hospitals built at the start of the pandemic and shut primary schools in London on Friday to counter the rapid spread of a much more infectious variant of the coronavirus.

LONDON, Nov 2: Europe’s new COVID-19 cases have doubled in five weeks, propelling the region on Sunday across the bleak milestone of 10 million total infections, according to a Reuters tally.

SYDNEY/LONDON, July 28: Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday, while an abrupt British quarantine on travellers from Spain threw Europe’s summer reopening into disarray, as the world confronted the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.