• 16 August, 2020 11:55 am


COVID-19 impact on NRNs on the decline

Kathmandu, Aug 16

The impact of Corona Virus infection on Nepalis outside the country has gradually declined. No Non-Resident Nepali died of the infection last week, according to press coordinator of Non-Resident Nepalis Association Chiran Sharma. Infection of the virus recorded a minor growth in India, Spain, Belgium, Qatar, Saudi Arabia but declined in the remaining countries. Nepalis living in 38 countries have been infected by the deadly virus. So far, 293 Nepalis including the count in Nepal have succumbed to the virus. A total of 59,411 Nepalis have been infected by Corona Virus, with 83 per cent of them recovering, NRNA health committee coordinator Dr Sanjib Sapkota said. Meanwhile, a total of 51,441 Nepalis stranded due to the Corona Virus and subsequent lockdown have been rescued and sent home in repatriation flights. The rescue and repatriation work is being carried out at the joint initiative of the NRNA and the Nepali Embassies and diplomatic missions in the respective countries. Nepali living and working in 30 different countries have been rescued through 327 flights so far. The government has however decided to limit the number of Nepalis to be rescued to 500 per day henceforth. This will have a negative impact on thousands of Nepalis stranded in the Middle East countries, said NRNA foreign employment committee coordinator Dr Badri KC. The government should review this decision soon. Likewise, 246 bodies of Nepalis who have died due to various reasons during their work and stay abroad have been brought to Nepal in the rescue flights. Another 76 bodies are yet to be brought back and handed over to their respective family. With permission from the family, 172 Nepalis who died abroad were cremated in the respective country, according to NRNA.

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