China-donated COVID-19 test kits to arrive in Nepal on Saturday


RSS (KATHMANDU, 27 March 2020) – The COVID-19 test kits donated by China to Nepal would arrive here on Saturday via Tatopani border point.

Those test kits, earlier supposed to arrive either Thursday or Friday, now would only enter Nepal on Saturday owing to some technical issues, informed Chief District Officer, Sindhupalchowk, Umesh Kumar Dhakal.

Last Sunday the government decided to close down its borders with China and India effective from last Monday for a week in a bid to prevent the possible outbreak of the COVID-19. Likewise, the nationwide lockdown enforced by the government to contain the spread of the deadly virus since Tuesday has seen complete implementation in Sindhupalchowk district.

Coming to the fourth day of the lockdown, the markets here are deserted, but with presence of the security personnel in all major places of the district, informed Chief of District Police Office, Sindupalchowk, Prajwal Maharjan. Police have seized a four-wheeler moving towards Panchkhal from Kathmandu as it was found to have misused the vehicle pass issued by the District Administration Office.

Meanwhile, staffers of Melamchi municipality have pledged to donate seven days’ salary and teachers and staffers in various community schools in the municipality have vowed to contribute three days salary totaling in Rs 1.8 million to the Coronovirus Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund, according the District Administration Office, Sindhupalchowk.

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