Nepal PM assures testing 2% population for coronavirus

KP Sharma Oli

Kathmandu, May 25

Prime Minister KP Sharm Oli has said the government will test at least two per cent of the country’s population for the novel coronavirus in its bid to control the outbreak in the country.

As the number of infected cases is rising, prime minister Oli addressed the nation on Monday afternoon and promised to expand the range of tests.

Nepal’s population stands close to 30 million. As per the prime minister, around 600,000 people will be tested for the virus. As the country’s tally has hit 682, around 150,000 people have been tested. Of them, over 50,000 have been tested in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method whereas nearly 100,000 have undergone rapid diagnostic tests.

During the address, the prime minister claimed that the government was committed to saving people’s lives from the epidemic. He also advised the public to adopt a healthy lifestyle and prevention measures to protect themselves from the infection.

Stranded Nepalis to be repatriated

Oli said the government would soon introduce a plan to Nepalis stranded abroad due to the crisis. He said a balance would be maintained between the level of risks faced by the migrant workers in different countries and preparations made to quarantine them here.

SEE not to be held

The prime minister said the government was preparing to introduce an alternative model of continuing the school education as many exams including the Secondary Education Examinations (SEEs) have been postponed due to the crisis.

‘Similar to government’s policy and programme, budget plan’

Meanwhile, social media users have hastily reacted to the prime minister’s address saying it was full of assurances and promises but lacked a concrete plan to implement them.

They likened the address to the government’s annual policy and programme and budget statement.

Published on May 25th, Monday, 2020 6:14 PM

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