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Nepal Faces COVID-19 Spike Similar to India’s Surge

Nepal is struggling to contain a new surge in COVID-19 cases, which has led officials to worry that the situation could become similar to — or worse than — the devastating outbreak in India.

5/11/2021 3:30:00 AM
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Nepal is struggling to contain a new surge in COVID-19 cases, which has led officials to worry that the situation could become similar to — or worse than — the devastating outbreak in India.

Nepal is struggling to contain a new surge in COVID-19 cases, which has led officials to worry that the situation could become similar to — or worse than — the devastating outbreak in India.

In the past month, cases have increased from about 100 per day to more than 8,000. The previous peak in November was about 5,700 daily cases.“What’s happening in India right now is a horrifying preview of Nepal’s future if we cannot contain this latest COVID surge that is claiming more lives by the minute,” Netra Prasad Timsina, the chair of the Nepal Red Cross, told

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The Guardian.Top government officials called for international help this week to manage emergency facilities and reduce pressure on the healthcare system. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and vaccines are in short supply.The capital city of Kathmandu and regions in the southwest and west are experiencing serious outbreaks. Nepalgunj, a city near India’s Uttar Pradesh state, became one of the hardest-hit areas as citizens returned from India before the countries began closing dozens of border points in recent days. Cases have even spread as far as Everest Base Camp, according

to CNN.Cities have imposed lockdowns, which has hampered access to transportation and vital medical supplies, The Guardian reported. Many people are staying home, but there are also long lines at hospitals and pharmacies. Cremation facilities are filling up, and family members aren’t able to perform last rites for loved ones. headtopics.com

Nepal is also facing logistical concerns since the landlocked country typically receives medical supplies by land through India. The Himalayan nation then must ship supplies across mountainous regions, including remote villages that are only accessible by dirt roads or on foot.

“We need to act now and we need to act fast to have any hope of containing this human catastrophe,” Alexander Matheou, the Asia Pacific director for the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told The Guardian.WebMD Health News BriefThe Guardian: “Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge.”

CNN: “Nepal’s cases skyrocket, prompting concern the country’s outbreak could mimic India’s.”© 2021 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. Read more: WebMD »

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