Author: David Rai
The COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The first case in Nepal was confirmed on 23 January 2020 when a 31-year-old student, who had returned to Kathmandu from Wuhan on 9 January, tested positive for the disease.It was also the first recorded case of COVID-19 in South Asia.Between January and March, Nepal took steps to prevent a widespread outbreak of the disease while preparing for it by procuring essential supplies, equipment and medicine, upgrading health infrastructure, training medical personnel, and spreading public awareness. The second case was confirmed on 23 March 2020 in Kathmandu. The first case of local transmission was confirmed on 4 April in Kailali District. The first death occurred on 14 May. A total of 12,309 cases have been confirmed as of 27 June 2020, affecting all seven provinces and 77 administrative districts. 2,834 of them have recovered, while 28 have died. Since late January, 210,876 RT-PCR tests have been performed in 20 laboratories across the country, and 294,034 rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have been carried out. A country-wide lockdown came into effect on 24 March 2020, and ended on 14 June 2020.
Nepal established health-desks at Tribhuvan International Airport as well as on border checkpoints with India, starting in mid-January. Land borders with India as well as China were later completely sealed off, and all international flights were suspended. All academic examinations were cancelled, and schools and colleges were closed. Quarantine centres and temporary hospitals are being set up across the country. Laboratory facilities are being upgraded and expanded. Hospitals have been setting up ICU units and isolation beds. The SAARC countries have pledged to cooperate in controlling the disease in the region. India, the United States and Germany increased their support to Nepali health sectors.Nepal cancelled its international promotional activities related to Visit Nepal Year 2020.
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