Nepal is struggling to contain an explosion in Covid-19 cases, as fears grow that the situation in the Himalayan country may be as bad, if not worse, than in neighboring India, with which it shares a long and porous border.
International aid is now flowing in to support overwhelmed hospitals in India. The country has been hit hard by a new variant. Neighbouring Nepal is also struggling to contain an explosion in cases.
Following warnings by health officials earlier this week that the country was on the brink of losing control of its outbreak, Nepal has appealed for urgent international help.
As the country reported its highest daily number of new infections – 9,070 – the prime minister, KP Sharma Oli, who has been criticised for his handling of the crisis, asked the army to help manage emergency facilities to take pressure off the health system
Vaccines are in short supply – and nearly half those tested are found to be positive. It’s feared the situation may be as bad, if not worse, than in India. India is still registering record daily COVID-19 deaths and infections.
Officials have reported more than 400,000 new cases in the last day. Almost 4,000 people died.
Mass gatherings at recent religious and political rallies have also been blamed for spreading the virus.