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No case of coronavirus infection in Nepal: Communications Minister Khatiwada


KATHMANDU: The Government has made it clear that Nepal has so far no case of coronavirus infection. Minister for Communications and Information Technology said it during a weekly press meet organized at the ministry on Thursday. Even those suspected of the coronavirus tested negative, he added.
Government has paid adequate attention to screening those arriving Nepal via air route and taken to quarantine in case of suspicion. “On-arrival visa has been cancelled,” he added.

Minister Khatiwada further said as many as 37 team teams were mobilized at Nepal-India borders frequented by the people. Even a high level committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister to look into ways and measures to control the virus.

“Monitoring would be made more effective to avoid artificial shortage of goods, and availability of important medicines would be ensured,” he said while sharing the recent Cabinet decisions.

At the programme, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Bikas Devkota shared that the ministry was working in a systematic manner to control the spread of the deadly virus. It is the top priority of the ministry, he said, adding that discussion was underway with other ministries and bodies concerned to guarantee the adequacy of medicines and medical tools. “As the coronavirus was not originated in our country, it has no effect in Nepal till date. But, government is attentive to control the spread of the disease into the country,” he reminded.

Human resources at Tribhuvan International Airport has been increased to check the health of those coming to Nepal via air. Thermal scanner is used to measure fever of those entering Nepal.

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