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18,000 China-aided oxygen cylinders arrive at Tatopani checkpoint

File: 400 oxygen cylinders that Nepal received from China for its Covid-19 response

Kathmandu, May 16

As many as 18,000 empty oxygen cylinders donated by China have arrived at the Tatopani checkpoint in Sindhupalchok district on Sunday via roadway.

According to Ganesh Pandey, press coordinator of Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, also the coordinator of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre, those cylinders will be brought to Kathmandu once the Chinese government hands them over to Nepal.

As Nepal has been under the grip of the second wave of Covid-19, there has been a high demand for oxygen cylinders to treat the infected ones. Earlier, 400 oxygen cylinders were flown to Nepal from China. Preparations are afoot to ferry 1,600 remaining cylinders, out of 20,000, provided by China in grant assistance, informs Pandey.

Meanwhile, the Nepal Airlines Corporation’s wide-body aircraft, which had flown to China on Saturday, is bringing home 550 oxygen cylinders from China today itself.

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