Recent Update about COVID 19 in Nepal from Nepal Tourism Board.
This is to bring you all the updates on the status of Nepal regarding the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID 19).
Last Updated: August 21, 2020
Total Cases: 30,483
Total Deaths: 137
Total Recovered: 18,214
Active Cases: 12,132
Total Cases per 1 Million Population: 1,044
Deaths per 1 Million Population: 5
- Government Restores Lockdown: On August 18 the Government of Nepal once again announced the implementation of a one-week lockdown for Kathmandu Valley because of the spread of the coronavirus within the Valley. The lockdown is to be in effect from midnight August 19 until midnight (23:59 hours) on Wednesday, August 26. All businesses and stores, apart from stores that sell essentials food items and pharmaceuticals, are ordered to shut. All restaurants have also been ordered to shut. On August 10, the restart of long-distance public transport was postponed for a fortnight from August 17 to August 31.
- Lifting of Flight Suspension Deferred:The government announced on August 10 that the suspension of all the flight service (except the chartered flight service) would be further extended to August 31, fortnight beyond the previously announced date of August 17 for resumption of commercial service. Please find additional information about the flight resumption from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal at http://caanepal.gov.np/.
- Country-Specific Information:
- For statistics about COVID-19 in Nepal, please find updates at https://covid19.ndrrma.gov.np/.
- During the lockdown, services are very limited. Some small shops and stores that sell essential food and pharmaceuticals are open, but most businesses, restaurants, and stores are closed.
- The central government of Nepal has authorized local authorities to impose lockdowns within their jurisdictions. There are limited lockdown in Pokhara and some other towns in the Terai.
- Department of Immigration:On August 10, the Government of Nepal ordered to close Department of Immigration in Kathmandu until further notice. All visa holders requiring any visa-related services should consult the Department of Immigration for information about visa matters. (http://www.immigration.gov.np/)
- Quarantine Information:
- All newly arrived travelers must undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine.
- Suspected cases already in country are quarantined for 14 days.
- Requirements for Entry and Exit:
- All border crossing points to Nepal remain closed for now.
- Negative results from a PCR test obtained within 72 hours before arrival in Kathmandu are required for entry.
- Are health screening procedures in situ at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, although procedures at the moment consist only of temperature checks.
- Visit the Department of Immigration website (http://www.immigration.gov.np/) for details about visa extensions. Because of the suspension of international commercial flights, the government will not require travelers to renew tourist visas until within 15 days of the resumption of commercial flight service.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, although not spoken as a curfew, the present lockdown is in place until midnight the night of August 26.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, intercity travel isn't permitted at the moment without a permit issued by local officials from the point of departure.
- COVID-19 Testing:Several Kathmandu Valley hospitals offer COVID-19 testing. Individuals are liable for paying the cost of the test. The government of Nepal doesn't cover the prices of the COVID-19 test. Some of the hospitals from which tests are available are:
- Norvic International Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu, (01) 425-8854. Cost: 6,050 Nepali rupees.
- Star Hospital, Sanepa Heights Road, Lalitpur, (01) 555-0197. Cost: 5,500 Nepali rupees.
- HAMS, Mandikhatar, Kathmandu, (01) 437-7404. Cost: 6,000 Nepali rupees.
- Are commercial flights operating? No, commercial flights do not seem to be yet available, but the government has announced that limited commercial flight service will resume September 1.
- Is public transportation operating? No, during the lockdown, public transport is not allowed to operate. The government has announced that the lockdown within the Kathmandu Valley will continue through August 26 and the long-distance public transport will only be allowed to run after August 31.
- The public is required to wear masks when outdoors, including while riding on public transport, and therefore the government has specified that only up to 2 riders (excluding the driver) are permitted in private vehicles, including taxis.
- Penalty for Disobedience:
- The government of Nepal has announced that members of the general public found outdoors without a mask will be arrested and fined. However, the government has not circulated specifics about penalties for such arrests.
- Nepal Ministry of Health and Population at https://heoc.mohp.gov.np/
- Nepal Ministry of Health and Population COVID-19 Hotline Local Telephone Numbers: 9851255839; 9851255837; 9851255834 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Infectious Disease Hospital (Teku) Hospital at firstname.lastname@example.org and also the National Health Public Health Laboratory at email@example.com for patient testing and quarantine.
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu: https://www.tiairport.com.np/
- Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal’s published list of international departures from Nepal: http://caanepal.gov.np/aerodromes/tribhuwan-international-airport
Common Symptoms of Corona Virus
- Dyspnea(Shortness of Breath)
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
Prevention for Corona Virus
- The first and foremost preventive method is to use a good quality mask.
- Avoid close contact with people.
- Do not touch your mouth or nose unnecessarily.
- Take rest at home when you feel you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose using a tissue or a clean cloth while sneezing or coughing and dispose properly.
- Wash your hand properly with soap after using the bathroom, before and after eating and after sneezing or coughing.
- Clean your frequent using objects with regular household cleaning materials.
It is better to be careful while traveling around the world. Remember to carry the necessary health gear to prevent any kind of disease. It is always better to prevent than to cure. Stay safe wherever you are.