Oli and Modi discuss Covid-19 situation and measures to look after stranded citizensOli stresses easing the supplies and keeping them intact.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday discussed challenges raised by Covid-19 with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and stressed the need to keep the supply chain intact during the time of crisis.
"I held a telephonic conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We agreed to further strengthen our collaborative fight against Covid-19," Oli said on Twitter. "We stressed the need to look after the citizens stranded in each other's country. We also discussed easing and keeping the supplies intact and I thanked him for the Indian assistance including medicines to Nepal.”
आज मैले भारतका प्रधानमन्त्री श्री नेरन्द्र मोदीजीसँग @narendramodi— KP Sharma Oli (@PM_Nepal) April 10, 2020
टेलिफोन संवाद गरें । कोरोना भाइरसका विरुद्धको सहकार्यलाई अझ सशक्त बनाउने विषयमा हामी सहमत भयौं । लकडाउनको कारण एक अर्काको मुलुकमा रोकिएका नागरिकलाई आ–आफ्नो देशमा राम्रो हेरचाह गर्ने विषयमा जोड दियौं ।
Modi also tweeted about his telephone conversation with Oli.
“Spoke today with Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri @kpsharmaoli. We discussed the prevailing situation due to COVID-19,” Modi wrote. “I appreciate the determination of people of Nepal to fight this challenge. We stand in solidarity with Nepal in our common fight against COVID-19.”
Spoke today with Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri @kpsharmaoli. We discussed the prevailing situation due to COVID-19. I appreciate the determination of people of Nepal to fight this challenge. We stand in solidarity with Nepal in our common fight against COVID-19.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2020
Currently, both Nepal and India are under a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected nine people in Nepal and 6,771 in India.
No death has been reported in Nepal but India on Friday reported 228 deaths.
Though movements of goods and supplies have continued through Nepal-India border points, there has been a complete restriction on the movement of people.
After reports that thousands of Nepalis and hundreds of Indians were stranded at the border, the two governments had decided to care for each other’s citizens in their territories.
Oli, in televised address on Tuesday, said that around 2,147 Nepalis were in quarantine on the Indian side and over 700 Indian nationals are in quarantine on the Nepali side.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of May 27, 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 210 countries and infected more than 5,684,795 people with 352,225 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 150,793 with 4,344 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 57,705 confirmed cases with 1,197 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 772 cases with four 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.