News Digest – National Security & Climate Change (July 1-7, 2021)

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According to reports, as of June 6, Nepal’s Covid-19 tally stands at 685,361 and the death tally has reached 9,263. There are 25,828 active cases of infection in the country while 612,994people have made a recovery. The country recorded 2,634 new cases and 15 deaths on June 6.

Nepal has ranked 94th in the Global Cyber Security Index 2020. The ranking is based on five parameters such as legal measures, technical measures, organizational measures, capacity development and cooperation. According to reports, Nepal scored particularly high in legal measures with potential to grow through cooperative measures. Nepal was previously ranked at 106 in 2018.

Officials at the Ministry of Health and Population confirmed that COVAX facility is likely to provide Nepal with 1,534,850 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine by next week. The news comes as a respite for Nepal which has been struggling to procure vaccines. The arriving vaccine will be the third vaccine to be used in Nepal after Covishield and Vero cell.

The second dose of Vero cell vaccines will be administrated in the Kathmandu valley from July 6 to July 8. The vaccination drive will target people belonging to the 60-64 age group, who had received the first dose of China developed Covid-19 vaccine during the June 8-12 slot, and will now receive the second dose.

Tents at various places in Helambu village municipality affected by the flood of Melamchi River. Photo: RSS

Experts say that floods and landslides in various parts of the country were caused due to most parts of the country receiving above average rainfall. According to reports, rainfall data from 71 stations across Nepal, the month of June shows 399 mm of rain whereas the normal rainfall is 295.1 mm. However, when it comes to the recent disasters, experts have also asked to consider the role of haphazard construction of roads and other infrastructure in the hilly areas and encroachment of riverbanks.

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