COVID-19 UPDATES

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Nepal confirms record increase of 26 deaths and 5,743 new cases in a single day

On the eve of Dashain, the nation records yet another highest single daily rise in Covid cases

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Strong opposition the only hope as the Oli govt surrenders to the coronavirus

The government’s latest decision to stop providing free testing and treatment for Covid-19 patients is being panned by a growing group of political leaders

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Govt recklessly loosens mass-transit restrictions

Experts warn that increased, unfettered mobility of people across the country will increase Covid-19 spread

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Is Covid-19 a virus that can only infect PM Oli?

The strict protocols around the PM’s safety contradict the government’s overall lacklustre Covid response

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Nepal confirms record increase of 5,008 new infections in a single day

The infection count could double in 20 days–such numbers could break the country’s health system

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Nepal’s Covid-19 infections surpass the 100,000 mark while fatalities reach 600

At 100,000 cases, the coronavirus pandemic in Nepal appears nowhere near ending

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Nepal records another highest single-day rise in Covid cases

Increased testing finally reveals full extent of Covid proliferation in Nepal

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Nepal confirms record increase of 3,439 new infections in the past 24 hours

To lessen the load on the country’s hospitals, the government has asked that people go to the hospital only for medical emergencies

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How the equity gap affects access to Covid tests and treatment

While the affluent can pick and choose, for many who are poor, Covid treatment is a distant reality

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Why the coronavirus is rapidly spreading

Delayed test results and govt’s mismanagement impede Covid-infected individuals seeking to isolate themselves.

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Nepali journalists demand salary, stage sit-in protests

Four days into their protest, journalists still wait to be taken seriously

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Masses of disaffected health workers on the verge of quitting

Unless the private medical sector treats its health workers better, its institutions might soon run out of staff

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Coronavirus reaches PM Oli’s inner circle

Baluwatar turns into a Covid hotbed as four of Oli’s closest aides test positive

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Friday’s Covid-19 numbers show the virus is raging in the capital and across the country

With people venturing out more, and with the festival season just around the corner, Nepal is staring at even bleaker days in the very near future

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Coronavirus thriving in the Capital

Kathmandu Valley records 943 cases, the highest single-day rise so far, and comprising half the country’s new daily Covid-19 infections

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Vaccine deals for Nepal stuck in limbo

The government’s indecision about vaccine imports and trials is going to cost the people dearly

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Failure to contain Covid makes a third lockdown imminent

Trends suggest that Nepal will cross the 25,000 threshold for active Covid-19 infections next week

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Nepal records the highest single day Covid-related deaths so far

The sudden surge in the number of deaths is an indication that Nepal’s Covid crisis is deepening

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Death of inmates expose the sorry state of Nepal’s prisons

The death of an inmate from Kathmandu’s Central Jail and the subsequent row over his putrefying body is a testament to the jail management’s shortcomings in handling the coronavirus crisis

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Antigen tests are cheaper and quicker, but less reliable

A Chitwan hospital has begun antigen tests, pre-empting the government’s directives

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Lessons from 3 crises in 5 years

Unless Nepal comprehensively overhauls its disaster response mechanisms, we’ll continue to see the nation reeling with every crisis

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Domestic flights resume despite apparent risks

The need for travel, connectivity, and revival of the economy has overwhelmed the need for safety

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Daily Covid infections cross the 2,000 mark

Two days after the end of lockdown, the spread of coronavirus has passed a new threshold

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Nepal opens amidst steady surge in Covid-19 cases

A new set of rules enforced on the eve of the reopening appear designed to ensure Covid’s rapid spread rather than containment

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The politics over life and death

We anthropomorphize the economy by using words such as ‘healthy’ to describe it, while reducing human beings who live and breathe to mere numbers

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Govt plans reductions in PCR tests while relegating state funded treatment only for the ‘poor’

The government’s latest set of decisions has baffled experts and the public alike

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The race to trial Covid-19 vaccines in Nepal

Three countries are courting Nepal to conduct anti-corona vaccines here, but experts caution Nepal to proceed carefully

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Another record rise in Covid cases, with almost half of them in Kathmandu Valley

At the current rate, confirmed Covid cases will almost double when the prohibitory order expires next week

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Kathmandu gradually opens up, but Covid cases keep rising

Kathmandu Valley sees record high coronavirus cases with the easing of prohibitory orders

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Kathmandu Valley eases prohibitory orders

A three week long prohibitory order has been eased in the capital, allowing regulated mobility of people

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Lockdown worsens fertiliser shortage

For many paddy farmers, using fertilisers this time of year is crucial

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No real change in Valley’s Covid case numbers, despite recent dips

Even as health experts push for more tests, govt has started scaling them down

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Bir Hospital designated ‘Covid-19 Special Hospital’

The govt has finally heeded expert suggestions to create a hospital dedicated only to treating coronavirus cases

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Patients continue to die as hospitals refuse treatment

Even though the government has mandated private health institutions to open their services to Covid-19 patients, many are denying them treatment

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The extension of the prohibitory orders in the Valley is starting to infuriate locals

With the govt unable to implement a coherent Covid strategy–including regarding festivals–fed up Lalitpur denizens take matters into their own hands

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Kathmandu Valley extends prohibitory orders until September 9

The decision was made by authorities since the coronavirus has continued to rise at a steady pace for the past week

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Tension runs high in Nepal’s overcrowded prisons after first inmate dies of Covid-19

Nepal’s prison system is inadequately equipped to deal with mounting coronavirus cases

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Various places in the country seeing community-level Covid spread

A steady rise in new Covid-19 cases in the past weeks proves community-level spread is here, warn public health experts, but the government remains in denial still

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How the govt botched its Covid-containment strategy in Kathmandu Valley

Not instituting the right measures from the get go has turned the capital into a coronavirus hotbed

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High-profile figures test positive as Kathmandu sees uptick in Covid cases

The government’s recent stringent measures seem to be a response to more and more public figures getting infected

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Frontline workers clap back against Covid shamers, vigilantes

Posting stern warnings online, essential service providers turn the tables on harassers

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Kathmandu becomes a coronavirus hotbed

The valley records another highest daily rise in cases, but efforts at contact tracing haven’t yet begun

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Prohibitory orders extended until Sept 2

The Kathmandu Valley recorded its single highest daily cases with 301 new infections

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Current prohibitory measures likely to continue

A joint meeting of the District Covid 19 Crisis Management Center (DCCMC), which comprises the chief district officers (CDOs), mayors, and security agencies of Kathmandu Valley, has recommended that the government extend the existing prohibitory protocols by a week.  The current prohibitory orders, issued by the valley’s three districts–Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhakatapur–end Wednesday midnight. The […]

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Nepal’s unprotected, underpaid, overstretched health workers

Many frontline workers are neither being paid the promised risk allowances nor their salaries

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All Covid hospitals to treat patients through all stages of severity

With the government repealing its earlier three-tier designation for Covid hospitals, Covid-19 patients need no longer get shuttled between hospitals if they get sicker

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Govt to finally begin contact tracing

In a move that was long overdue, Nepal’s government to start tracking patient contacts

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As daily Covid-19 death count hits a record high, govt scrambles to respond

By not focusing on contact tracing and other measures, the government is missing the whole point of clamping lockdowns

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Kathmandu to enforce prohibitory orders from midnight Wednesday to contain Covid-19

The Valley’s CDOs got the government’s green light to clamp strict measures on account of rising case numbers

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Another full-fledged lockdown looms large over Kathmandu

Covid-19 cases have continued to rise despite a partial lockdown

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Infection rate in Kathmandu is trending upward, but hospitals are already full

Kathmandu must brace itself as Covid cases continue to rise

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Private hospitals refuse to admit Covid-19 patients as cases spike

The government is scrambling to find much-needed beds for the infected, but is getting no help

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Nepal struggling to protect its inmates from Covid-19

Preventing coronavirus spread in Nepal’s overcrowded jails is becoming near impossible

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Nepal not prepared for Covid’s worst

As the case numbers and deaths keep increasing, Nepal seems to be staring at a brewing disaster

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Ten Covid deaths in the last 24 hours

More people are getting critically ill, and dying, as Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly across Nepal

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Kathmandu Valley goes into semi-lockdown

A sharp rise in Covid infections has compelled the government to buckle up

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Stress and suicide in Nepal’s quarantines

Several inmates have died by suicide while many others have been hobbled by the depression and anxiety resulting from conditions inside Nepal’s ill-managed quarantine facilities

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WHO hasn’t approved any home remedy for COVID-19

A message circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger claims that an Indian student from Pondicherry University has found a cure for COVID-19, and the “home remedy” has been approved by World Health Organization (WHO).

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At close quarters

A Nepali doctor speaks about tending to Covid patients in a New York hospital

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Frontline struggles

The life of a medical professional grappling with the Covid19 crisis in Rolpa

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The RDT fiasco

The unreliable RDT kits deployed by the govt have made the Covid crisis worse

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Covid19 Roundup, 28 May: Covid cases pass 1,000 with the highest daily rise

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Covid19 Roundup, 27 May: Sharp spike in Covid19 cases and migrant returnee dies at the border

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Covid19 Roundup, 26 May: Cases spike to 772 as migrants continue to pour in from India

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Covid19 Roundup, 25 May: Oli declares Covid19 response success as fourth death is confirmed

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Covid19 Roundup, 23 May: Migrants pour in from Indian border as cases reach 591

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Are Covid19 patients getting the care they deserve?

Nepal’s first three Covid19 deaths could have been avoided with timely ambulance services and adequate medical care

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Covid19 Roundup, 22 May: Covid19 cases rise to 516 as more frontliners test positive

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Covid19 Roundup, 21 May: Third death confirmed as cases reach 453

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Covid19 Roundup, 20 May: Infections rise to 427 but reports of death untrue

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Covid19 Roundup, 19 May: Kathmandu Valley seals border and paid testing to be made available

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‘Corona vigilantes’ on the rise

Recruitment of volunteers to enforce the lockdown has had mixed results

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Covid19 Roundup, 18 May: Covid19 cases rise to 357 as government deploys army to enforce lockdown

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Covid19 Roundup, 16 May: Cases rise to 278 as govt probes Nepal’s first suspected Covid-19 death

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Covid19 Roundup, 15 May: Cases rise to 267, NC as govt rolls out Covid19-centred budget

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Covid19 Roundup, 14 May: Cases rise to 246 and Teaching Hospital sealed

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Food insecurity likely in the post-corona world

Of the many pandemic recovery challenges, food security will be a significant one

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Covid19 Roundup, 13 May: Cases rise to 243, including 3 in Kathmandu Valley

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Covid19 Roundup, 12 May: Largest spike in daily cases brings the confirmed total to 191

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Covid19 Roundup, 11 May: Cases reach 134 as MPs propose bigger health budget

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Covid19 Roundup, 9 May: Cases reach 109, Chinese medical aid arrives & offices to gradually open

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The underlying threat of social distancing

In South Asia, social distancing directs violence, exclusion and bigotry upon the already marginalised

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Covid19 Roundup, 8 May: Cases reach 102 while all MPs have been cleared

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Empty hotels, empty trails

The disruption in the tourism industry has hit hardest those working irregularly, like porters and guides.

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Covid19 Roundup, 7 May: Arrival of fresh kits brings hopes of more tests

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Lockdown worsens wildlife poaching

The dispersed movement of people and animals roaming freely have made wildlife more vulnerable to poachers

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Covid19 Roundup, 6 May: Cases reach 99 and lockdown extended till 18 May

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Green gold on hold

The ban on yarsa harvesting, implemented to contain Covid19 spread, has upended Dolpa’s economy

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Covid19 Roundup, 4 May: Nepalgunj on high alert but no decision on strategy after 7 May

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Navigating the post-corona world

Dignified regional cooperation is the need of the hour and self-reliance the major goal

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Covid19 Roundup, 3 May: Cases jump to 75 as Nepali deaths globally reach 73

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When the school bells don’t ring

The lockdown presents us with the opportunity to be more innovative and resourceful as educators

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Covid19 Roundup, 2 May: Testing dismally low while PM turns into a poet

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What the pandemic foretells

Covid19 has come as a wake up call to change the human-nature relationship

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Covid19 Roundup, 1 May: Cases reach 59 as Oli pushes blame on the media

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Nepal’s federal success

Decentralised governance has helped abate the Covid19 crisis

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Covid19 Roundup, 30 April: Migrant labourers finally enter Nepal while testing remains dismally low

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Surviving the pandemic as an indigenous populace

Already marginalised by the state, the Dolpo people are more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic

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Covid19 Roundup, 29 April: Ruling party’s dirty politics overshadows crisis

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Covid19 Roundup, 28 April: Loan interests reduced for Covid19 affected as cases reach 54

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Fact-checked: WHO hasn’t revised coronavirus risk level for Nepal

A dozen media outlets in Nepal have published news claiming that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed Nepal from the list of countries at high risk of COVID-19.

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Covid19 Roundup, 27 April: Govt criticised over Covid response while EU offers multi-million euro aid

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Covid19 Roundup, 26 April: Lockdown extended till 7 May as cases reach 52

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Fall from grace

Ordinances may have been scrapped but Oli’s credibility as the nation’s leader has reached a point of no return

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Covid19 Roundup, 25April: Flight suspension extended with lockdown extension likely

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It’s an emergency

Efficient response systems will save lives

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Covid19 Roundup, 24 April: 300,000 plus migrants’ jobs at risk and more

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Covid19 Roundup, 23 April: Two more tested positive for Covid19 as govt weighs risk over lockdown

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Covid19 Roundup, 22 April: Opposition threatens protest as coronavirus cases reach 45 & more

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Covid19 Roundup, 21 April: Covid19 cases reach 42 & more

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Covid19 Roundup, 20 April: Dirty Politics amid crisis & more

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Covid19 Roundup, 19 April: Covid19 in over 1,000 Nepalis abroad and more

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Shame on you, PM!

Oli’s reputation has deteriorated alongside his questionable decisions as the nation’s premier

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Covid19 Roundup, 18 April: 2 discharged, those under treatment well & more

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The right to mourn

Due to the closed border, a migrant worker is unable to fulfill his funeral duties upon his mother’s death

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A man returning home on foot dies in desperation instead

Nepal’s first Covid19 death was not caused by the coronavirus

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Covid19 Roundup, 17 April : Covid19 cases jump to 30 & more

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Frontline heroes

People on the frontline continue to work despite fears and palpable risks

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Covid19 Roundup, 16 April: Police brutality on the rise, an exodus of the hungry & increased border security

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Bring them back

Many stranded at the Nepal-India border are seasonal migrants who ought to be brought back and allowed to work on their farmlands

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Covid19 Roundup, 13 April: 14 cases nationwide, govt’s 6T strategy & PM’s New Year address

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Covid19 Roundup, 12 April: Covid cases reach 12, WB predicts economic crisis, leaders call to let migrants in

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Tablighi Jamaat and the precarity of global governance

The world’s largest missionary movement cannot be blamed exclusively for its role in the Covid19 pandemic

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Covid19 Roundup, 11 April: Longer lockdown likely, better use for MP funds and a coronavirus helpline

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The myth of a pro-poor leadership

The costs of the government-imposed lockdown far outweigh benefits

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Covid19 Roundup, 10 April: 630 tests in a day, Oli-Modi talk, courts closed and TU exams deferred

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Scientists worldwide in desperate search for COVID-19 drug

Insights on the trials and investigations for vaccines and drugs to treat COVID-19 patients.

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Social distancing or social ostracising

Social distancing inadvertently validates the ostracisation entrenched in the history of South Asia

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Covid19 Roundup, 9 April : Migrants cross Mahakali, rapid test kits & substandard sanitizers proliferate

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Compromised diet for the elderly

The institutionalized elderly in Kathmandu have found their diets significantly altered by gas shortage

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Covid19 Roundup, 8 April: Covid19 kit procurement, NA-APF hospitals ready for emergency, and blood shortage

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Covid19 Roundup, 7 April: Oli defends govt, flight suspension extended & board exams postponed

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“PPE, please!”

Health workers need safety equipment to save patients’ lives

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Covid19 Roundup, 6 April: Lockdown extended once more, 9,168 quarantined, & docs asked to join public hospitals

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Daily wage workers at the end of their tether

Despite the government’s relief package, the poor and out-of-job in Kathmandu are not consoled

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Covid19 Roundup, 5 April: Call for all-party mechanism amid mass testing & self-quarantine in Sudur Paschim

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A virus gives its verdict on Nepali society

The coronavirus has cut through the democratic facade to show how deep inequality runs in Nepali society

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A tale of two realities

The coronavirus pandemic highlights longstanding class differences and their unequal repercussions on our society

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State of incompetency

The government is responding to this crisis with make-do solutions

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No safe passage home

Many Nepalis are despairing at the Nepal-India border after being denied entry to their own country

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Grim lessons

The coronavirus pandemic stands as a stark warning for a far more menacing ecological crisis

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Lockdown Blues

As a mental health crisis unravels on many fronts, how do we cope?