News Digest (September 3-9, 2020)



National Security and Climate Change

Nepal’s COVID-19 tally stands at 48,138 as death toll reaches 306: As of September 9, Nepal’s COVID-19 tally stands at 48,138 and the death tally has reached 306. According to the health ministry, there are 14868 active cases of infection in the country while 32964 people have made a recovery. Province No. 2 has reported 12,258 cases with 107 deaths, Bagmati Pradesh has reported 11,413 cases with 86 deaths, Province No. 5 has reported 7,454 cases with 42 deaths, Sudurpaschim Pradesh has reported 6,336 cases with 9 deaths, Province No. 1 has reported 4,220 cases with 33 deaths, Karnali Pradesh has reported 2,730 cases with 5 deaths, and Gandaki Pradesh has reported 2,825 cases with 18 deaths.[1]

Experts reject Oxford study on COVID-19 in Nepal: Health experts have dismissed an Oxford study that projected 50,000 COVID-19 deaths in Nepal by October saying that such projections are alarmist and could have resulted in flawed policy decisions. Their statement read “Projections such as this are the basis for further planning to mitigate the risk and hence should be based on available data and rational assumptions close to reality”. The study had also predicted a peak of the pandemic in Nepal from June to September with up to 846,000 new cases a day in the worst case scenario.[2]

Over 2000 security personnel infected: According to the Spokesperson for Nepal Police, over 2000 security personnel have been infected by the virus. Among the total 2,161 virus infected police persons, 950 have made a recovery. According to reports, Kathmandu valley has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among security personnel.[3]

Government will not allow schools to become COVID-19 hotspots, authorities say: Minister of Education, Science and Technology Girirajmani Pokharel stated that the government will stop schools from becoming breeding grounds COVID-19. He said that even though schools in districts with low infection cases can be run, it will become difficult to contain if the virus spreads. He also added that the government has limited resources and therefore we must opt for ‘distance-education’ while ensuring the right to education even during a time of crisis.[4]





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