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US News in Nepal, a worrying recrudescence of coronavirus

18:30  07 may  2021
18:30  07 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Installation de bûchers funéraires supplémentaires destinés aux personnes mortes du Covid-19, à Katmandou le 5 mai 2021 © Prakash Mathema Installation of additional funerary borships for the deadlines of COVID-19, in Kathmandu on 5 May 2021

The authorities and the health sector in Nepal have In addressing a sudden and massive rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, fueled by the terrible outbreak of the epidemic in neighboring India.

For three weeks, contaminations have accelerated, with two out of five tests being positive. Thursday, the country with some thirty million inhabitants recorded a national record of daily cases, at 8,970.

Carte du Népal et cas de Covid-19 et décès quotidiens liés au Covid-19 officiellement recensés dans le pays au 6 mai © Clea Eculier Map of Nepal and Covid-19 Cases and Daily Deaths Related to COVID-19 officially identified in the country on 6 May

on the more than 3,500 deaths recognized since the beginning of the pandemic, 400 intervened during the last two weeks, according to official data.

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"Health services are overwhelmed (...) The situation could deteriorate in the coming days," said AFP Hemanta Chandra Ojha of the epidemiology and disease control division. "We have oxygen but the fans and intensive care facilities needed to treat serious cases are lacking".

Des militaires en tenue de protection attendent dans leur véhicule pour transporter le corps d'une personne morte du Covid-19, à Katmandou le 5 mai 2021 © Prakash Mathema of the protection soldiers wait in their vehicle to transport the body of a dead person from COVID-19, to Kathmandu on May 5, 2021

The long border of 1,850 km between India and Nepal is Open and the population runs through it regularly, to work or visit the family. Many Nepalese are currently returning their country.

At the Bheri de Nepalgunj Hospital, a border town of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, caregivers work tirelessly, with a continuous and growing influx of patients.

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- "Until in the slightest corner" -

"The hospital is overloaded, we treat patients even in the slightest recast of building," says Chapagain, a doctor at the establishment.


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"I can not explain how difficult it was. We found a bed now but we are looking for vials of remdesivir (an antiviral, ndlr). We are exhausted," says Tanka Nath Pandey who spent two days in search of a bed for his brother-in-law in Kathmandu.

Un jeune garçon devant les bûchers funéraires de malades morts du Covid-19, à Katmandou le 5 mai 2021 © Prakash Mathema A young boy in front of the funerary bakers of COVID-19 dead patients, in Kathmandu May 5, 2021 Intensive care beds and oxygen bottles increase from day to day and become more in More difficult to satisfy, Note onya Raj Pandey, co-founder of a group of volunteers, Covid Connect Nepal, created to help patients.

Nepal has closed this week most of its aerial links and imposed confines or restrictions in 80% of its districts to try to curb the wave of contamination.

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The pandemic has hit the tourism sector in the country in 2020 and, this year, the virus raises on the Everest, where the mountaineering season - which was good with a record of more than 400 permits. Ascension issued by 11,000 dollars room-- is threatened.

Criticized for its management of the health crisis, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli has launched a call for help to the international community this week to obtain medical vaccines and equipment.

- The former king tested positive -

The vaccination campaign started in January in the country, but is in full uncertainty while only half of the doses ordered in India were delivered. Currently, 2.4 million doses only from India and China have been administered and a small fraction of the population has received the two necessary doses.

In early April, the number of cases in Nepal did not exceed 200 per day and, despite the outbreak of the Indian neighbor, gatherings continued to be organized for religious festivals, political meetings or weddings.

Many Nepalese were recently made at the great Hindu pilgrimage of Kumbh Mela in India where 25 million people from January to April flood. Among the pilgrims were the former King of Nepal, fallen in 2008 with the abolition of the monarchy, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah, and his wife: both were positive and hospitalized.

Last week, Nepal banned everything transit by Kathmandou to Indians who were growing more and more to take an airplane, after the restrictions imposed on flights from India.

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