News Digest – National Security & Climate Change (October 29- November 4, 2020)

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Nepal’s COVID-19 tally stands at 189,614 as death toll reaches 1034: As of November 4, Nepal’s COVID-19 tally stands at 189,614 and the death tally has reached 1034. According to the health ministry, there are 36941 active cases of infection in the country while 144978 people have made a recovery. Province No. 2 has reported 18,479 cases with 159 deaths, Bagmati Pradesh has reported 95,386 cases with 503 deaths, Lumbini Pradesh has reported 20,185 cases with 138 deaths, Sudurpaschim Pradesh has reported 10,074 cases with 17 deaths, Province No. 1 has reported 20,292 cases with 119 deaths, Karnali Pradesh has reported 5,711 cases with 13 deaths, and Gandaki Pradesh has reported 9,487 cases with 55 deaths.

Nepal reports highest single day death toll: The Ministry of Health and Population informed on November 4 that 30 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have been confirmed to have succumbed to the virus. This is a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities for Nepal. Prior to this development, 26 death reported on October 21 held the record for the highest single day death toll.  Nepal’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed the 1,000 mark which had taken the death tally to 1,004 on November 3.

Civil Aviation Authority questions credibility of test labs: The Civil Aviation Authority have been investigating the credibility of private test labs after passengers of Nepal Airlines carrying COVID-19 negative certificates tested positive for COVID-19 at destination airports. Authorities have warned that such instances could damage for Nepal’s credibility with foreign governments. They added that Nepali airlines could be barred by foreign governments for violating COVID-19 norms. Nepal Airlines has already been banned twice after several passengers it flew to Hong Kong were found to be infected upon arrival.

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