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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, 5 May: Likely extension of lockdown as Covid19 cases reach 82 amid short supply of test kits

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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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Covid19 Roundup, 15 April: All 298 Suncity residents test negative, AI reports abuse in Qatar and two gangrapes in two days

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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, 14 April: Total of 16 cases, lockdown extended, Covid fund gets donors & IMF eases loan payment

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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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Daily Covid19 Roundup, 4 April: Calls for more lockdown with surge in Covid19 cases, Oli’s gratitude & more evacuation

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Daily Covid19 Roundup, 3 April: Human rights violation persists, misinformation abounds & Qatar expatriates to be paid

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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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Daily Covid19 Roundup, 2 April: A new Covid19 case, rage over DPM’s rash remarks, & testing starts outside capital

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State of incompetency

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

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Daily Covid19 Roundup, 1 April: Deal for Covid19 supplies annulled, border crisis reaches SC & foreign tourists return home

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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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Daily Covid19 Roundup, 31 March: Border problem persists, pandemic fund enhanced by NHRC & ex-king, hospitals deny entry to patients

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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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Daily Covid19 Roundup, 30 March: Hundreds barred entry on Darchula border, covid kits for provinces, doubts over relief efficacy

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Lockdown Blues

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

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