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China wants Nepal to install PCR test machine at Rasuwagadhi border point

A truck preparing to enter into China at Nepal’s border to Tibet in Rasuwagadhi.

Kathmandu, September 27

China has demanded that Nepal install a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test machine at Rasuwagadi border point between the two countries so as to test people crossing the border for coronavirus.

China complaints safety measures adopted in Nepal are not enough yet to open the full-fledged cross-border movement, showing reluctance to open the border movement as request by Nepal.

Rasuwagadhi Customs Office Chief Punya Bikram Khadka says China has also urged Nepal to efficiently disinfect all vehicles that pass the border carrying various goods.

“Currently, consignments being supplied to Nepal have not come due to a landslide on the China side. But, they have also demanded additional safety assurance against Covid-19 to open the border without any interruption.”

Khadka says his office has taken initiatives to establish a test centre at the crossing. it has been learned that the Department of Customs has already written to the Ministry of Health to install a PCR machine in Rasuwa.

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