News Digest – National Security & Climate Change (December 3 – December 9, 2020)

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Nepal’s COVID-19 tally reaches 243377 as death toll reaches 1637: As of December 9, Nepal’s COVID-19 tally stands at 243,377 and the death tally has reached 1,637. According to the health ministry, there are 12,686 active cases of infection in the country while 229,054 people have made a recovery. Province No 2 reported 20,329 cases with 198 deaths, Bagmati Province reported 132,640 cases with 813 deaths, Lumbini Pradesh reported 26,877 cases with 212 deaths, Sudurpaschim Pradesh reported 12,523 cases with 42 deaths, Province No 1 reported 28,279 cases with 196 deaths, Karnali Province reported 6,168 cases with 23 deaths, and Gandaki Province reported 15,179 cases with 110 deaths.

New official height of Mount Everest now at 8,848.86 meters: The new official height of Mount Everest was announced on December 8, 2020. According to the joint measurement efforts made by Nepal and China, the new height of Mount Everest stands at 8,848.86 meters. The exact height of the mountain had been long debated and Nepal had begun the endeavor of measuring Mount Everest in 2011.

Schools resume in various municipalities in Kathmandu, despite warnings from health experts: While local governments have assured that safety measures have been put in place to prevent transmission of the virus in schools, doctors and experts remain unconvinced. Health experts say that schools may become a hotspot for transmission of COVID-19 in the same way quarantine facilities were, in the early stages of the pandemic. They have also warned that children may carry the virus into their homes and pass it on to more vulnerable members of the family such as their grandparents.

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