51 foreign tourists stranded in Mustang rescued

MANANG: Tourists stranded in Mustang in the aftermath of lockdown enforced by the government as a measure to contain COVID-19 outbreak have been rescued. The Mustang District Administration Office, Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Area Conservation Office Jomsom, District Police Office and tourist police joined hands to rescue 51 foreign tourists stranded in different destinations in Mustang.
Tulasi Dahal, chief of ACAP Office Jomsom, shared that two buses were arranged to take the rescued tourists to Kathmandu. He further shared ACAP collected detail information about the tourists and got their health examined before sending them to the capital.
The rescued tourists are from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, shared Chief District Officer Bed Prasad Aryal. The tourists rescued from Mustang would be handed over to Nepal Tourism Board and concerned embassies, he added.
Earlier, 122 foreign tourists from different countries were rescued from Mustang and sent to Kathmandu.

Humla people keep working amidst lockdown; shortage of materials for quarantine
HUMLA: People in Humla, a district in the Karnali state have not turned away from their regular duties despite the government lockdown against the coronavirus which has already spread globally.
When the people are expected to stay home and not to make any exposure to the public during the lockdown, one of the effective tools to stem the spread of virus, people of Kharpunath rural municipality-2 in the district are reported engaged in the infrastructure development works. According to a local Sagar Rawal, on Friday he saw a large group of people labouring for the agriculture irrigation’s road project. ”In my guess, there were over 100 workers,” he said.
It is learnt that it was the ward chair who had told them to keep working.
When approached, Chief District Officer (CDO) Binita Bhattarai promised to verify the information and to immediately halt the construction works if it was real. According to her, the locals have been urged to stay home during the lockdown. She also appealed to all to follow the official advice, stay home and take other suggested precautions for the prevention of possible risk of infection.
But Rawal complained that a person who had recently returned home from India was not following the advice to self quarantine for 14 days. People who had recently returned village from outside have been urged to stay at home quarantine as a precautionary measure against the possibility of imported case(s), it is said.
Similarly, a 30-bed temporary quarantine facility has been readied here. Earlier the District Management Committee had announced to build a 50-bed quarantine center, but it was reduced to 30 beds due to the shortage of required materials. Humla Chamber of Commerce and Industry chair Namgel Tamang had assisted materials to set up the facility. As CDO Bhattarai said, they are striving to extend the size of the quarantine center. However, no suspected case of COVID-19 has come into notice in the district.

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