Three Nepalese Succumb To Coronavirus in U.K.

By Manoj Rijal, NEW YORK: Three Nepalese have died of the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19 in the U.K., bringing the total number of deaths for the Nepalese in Britain to five.

According to reports, the dead have been identified as 59-year-old Chet Prasad Gurung, 58-year-old Shiva Shrestha (not the actor of the Nepalese movies) and a 76-year-old senior citizen, whose identity has not been revealed as per his family request.

Gurung and Shrestha were retired Gurkha Army, while the third senior citizen was a visitor from Nepal.

Gurung was admitted to the Northwick Park Hospital in London, U.K., one week ago. He had a pre-existing condition of diabetes. He was put on a ventilator on Monday and passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was originally from Paiyu in Parbat district of Nepal.

Likewise, Shrestha was on an isolation at his home in Nottingham for the past few days, as he had difficulties in breathing. He was admitted to a local hospital after his condition deteriorated. He passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The third death of the 76-year-old, whose name has not been revealed, was visiting his family from Nepal. He was undergoing treatment for the past four days.

Earlier, 66-year-old Lila Bahadur Rai and 40-year-old Prashant Aryal died of coronavirus in the UK.

In New York, 43-year-old Nima Temba Sherpa died of coronavirus on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. He was undergoing treatment for the past 11 days. He was originally from Sotang in Solukhumbu district of Nepal. He is survived by one son and one daughter.

Earlier in New York, three Nepalese died on a single day on Saturday, April 5, 2020. They were identified as Sonam Lama (40), Thokme Bista (48) and Ajayman Chhochu (56). Before that, one more Nepalese, Anil Limbu (48) died on March 24, 2020 in New York.

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, that started from Wuhan in China in December 2019, has infected more than 1.5 million people globally, killing at least 88,500 people, as of 2:38 GMT, April 9, 2020.

Until this date, 435,128 people have been infected alone in the U.S., while the deaths have been recorded at 14,795. The number of infection in the U.S. is the highest in the world while the deaths are second only to Italy (17,669).
New York State has the largest number of infection (151,171) and deaths (6,268) in the U.S. followed by New Jersey (47,437 & 1,504), Michigan (20,346 & 959) and California (19,031 & 505), respectively.

More than 80 percent of the U.S. is in a lockdown allowing only the essential services including hospitals, pharmacies, groceries and some public transit systems.

As for Nepal, a lockdown is going on for the past several weeks, as around half-a-dozen people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

There are reports of Nepalese either affected or infected with the coronavirus disease, globally. In the U.S. alone, more than 500 Nepalese were reported to have infected with the coronavirus.

“It’s really tough to control coronavirus spread in a crowded city like New York, where 80-90 people live in a single apartment building,” said Sanjay Thapa, a social worker based in New York.

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