News Digest – National Security & Climate Change (August 5 – 11, 2021)

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Health workers administering vaccine against corona at a health post in Suryabinayak Municipality-5, Katunje. Photo: RSS

According to reports, as of August 10, Nepal’s Covid-19 tally stands at 791,910 and the death tally has reached 10,150. There are 37,332 active cases of infection in the country while 673,198 people have made a recovery. The country recorded 4,904 new cases and 354 deaths on August 11.

A meeting between CDO’s of the three districts of Kathmandu valley decided to extend existing prohibitory orders until August 24 with the additional provision of restricting the movement of non-essential vehicles from 8pm. The decision has courted criticism from public health experts saying that “authorities should have focused the restrictions on over-crowded business districts or places that see big public gatherings and the recent decision it is not enough to curb infections as public mobility is highest during the day”. Authorities responded saying that the decision was made to discourage people from going out at night.

People over the age of 65 have begun receiving the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccines more than 20 weeks after they received their first dose. However, some reports say that the uncertainty surrounding when Nepal would receive additional vaccines, people sought Vero Cell as second dose. Health care workers and public health experts also state that lack of communication from authorities as a reason.

Tribhuvan University has continued to conduct in person examinations of bachelor’s and master’s levels despite protest by students. The universities decision to conduct exams despite the rising cases of infections has prompted the students to protest at various centers including the Kiritpur campus. According to reports, police even detained a few students after the demonstrations began.

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