Automatic sanitiser spray machine installed in HetaudaHetauda Sub Metropolis is also going to instruct all individuals to use the sanitiser machine before entering Hetauda from the Ratomate area.
An automatic sanitiser spray machine has been installed in an area in Makwanpur connecting Bagmati Province capital Hetauda to Tarai and India.
The machine has been installed at Churiyamai in Hetauda Sub Metropolis targeting drivers, their drivers and passengers arriving from India and eastern Tarai.
Hetauda Sub Metropolis said it installed the machine to mitigate the risk of spread of the novel coronavirus. From Friday onwards, drivers and passengers have been sanitising themselves before entering the city.
Amid a function organised in Churiyamai on Friday, Dormani Poudel, chief minister of Bagmati Province, inaugurated the machine. Poudel said, “Drivers, assistant drivers and passengers will only be allowed to enter Hetauda after they sanitise themselves.”
Hetauda Sub Metropolis purchased the machine at a cost of Rs 160,000. Poudel said, “This machine will also be installed in various parts of the province in the coming days.”
Supendra Karki, health section chief at Hetauda Sub Metropolis, said four individuals can sanitiser use the machine at once.
Hetauda Sub Metropolis is also going to instruct all individuals to use the sanitiser machine before entering Hetauda from the Ratomate area. The machine was installed by Nepal Yuba Udhyami Manch, Chitwan.
The machine has a capacity to store 200 liters of sanitiser. “It can sanitise around 2,000 individuals,” said Karki.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of September 22, 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 has spread to 213 countries and territories around the world and infected more than 31,405,983 people with 967,505 deaths and 22,990,260 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 5,557,573 with 88,943 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 306,304 confirmed cases with 6,420 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 65,276 cases with 427 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.