Cricketer players’ association calls off annual awards ceremony, to contribute prize money to Covid-19 fundIt is essential to stand united in the fight against Covid-19, say cricketers as they pledge to contribute Rs 462,000 to the Covid-19 fund.
Cricket Players’ Association Nepal (CPAN) has called off its annual CPAN Cricket Award scheduled for April 3, and decided to contribute the awards’ prize money to the government-established Coronavirus Prevention and Control Fund.
In a statement on Monday, the association said Rs 462,000, the total prize money on offer for the awards will be provided to the fund to help fight the Covid-19 epidemic.
The next edition of the award will take place in 2021, said the association.
"We are all aware that coronavirus has spread rapidly in the world and Nepal has also been directly hit by the epidemic,”said CPAN. “It is essential that we stand united in the government's initiation to fight against Covid-19. In this regard, CPAN, which represents all national and international cricketers, expresses our commitment in the fight against coronavirus," said the statement.
The awards, in its second year, was to honour cricketers in five different categories: player of the year (male and female), emerging player, moment of the year and lifetime achievement award. Except for the lifetime achievement category, winners were to be decided based on their performance in the last calendar year.
A cash prize of Rs 132,000 each was on offer for the winner of female and female player of the year categories. Winners in the remaining three categories would have received Rs 66,000 each.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of August 9, 2020
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19, short for coronavirus disease, is an illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, short for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Common symptoms of the disease include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
How contagious is Covid-19?
Covid-19 can spread easily from person to person, especially in enclosed spaces. The virus can travel through the air in respiratory droplets produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. As the virus can also survive on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours, any contact with such surfaces can also spread the virus. Symptoms take between two to 14 days to appear, during which time the carrier is believed to be contagious.
Where did the virus come from?
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December. The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that is responsible for everything from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). After an initial outbreak in Wuhan that spread across Hubei province, eventually infecting over 80,000 and killing more than 3,000, new infection rates in mainland China have dropped. However, the disease has since spread across the world at an alarming rate.
What is the current status of Covid-19?
The World Health Organisation has called the ongoing outbreak a “pandemic” and urged countries across the world to take precautionary measures. Covid-19 had spread to 213 countries and infected more than 19,543,562 people with 724,075 deaths and 12,545,567 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 2,088,611 with 42,578 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 283,487 confirmed cases with 6,068 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 22,592 cases with 73 deaths.
How dangerous is the disease?
The mortality rate for Covid-19 is estimated to be 3.6 percent, but new studies have put the rate slightly higher at 5.7 percent. Although Covid-19 is not too dangerous to young healthy people, older individuals and those with immune-compromised systems are at greater risk of death. People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, or those who’ve recently undergone serious medical procedures, are also at risk.
How do I keep myself safe?
The WHO advises that the most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces like your computers and phones. Avoid large crowds of people. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist for longer than a few days.
Is it time to panic?
No. The government has imposed a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus. There is no need to begin stockpiling food, cooking gas or hand sanitizers. However, it is always prudent to take sensible precautions like the ones identified above.