Casualties in Nepal are increasing rapidly
55 deaths per day
60,000 active infections
Flight cancellations
Coronavirus knows no borders
Tough punishments for those who break safety rules
Tragic images in Kathmandu
Oxygen for hospitals and not for expeditions
Nepal was on guard from the start
Fire and virus
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Casualties in Nepal are increasing rapidly

The image of mass cremations sums up how Nepal is experiencing a spike in infections, just as neighbouring India has an outbreak spiralling out of control. In Nepal, there have been more than 7,000 infections per day in the last few days.

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55 deaths per day

More than 3,000 people have already died in Nepal as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. A figure that seems moderate in comparison with the disaster suffered by other countries, but for this small nation it is a warning sign. There's a fear in the traditionally isolated country that the more dangerous Indian variant will cross its borders as an epidemic bomb.

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60,000 active infections

Nepal estimates the number of infected people at 60,000. This number is beginning to be felt in its hospitals.

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Flight cancellations

The government has decided to close airports and cancel flights. This means an economic sacrifice for a country that lives largely from tourism and expeditions to the Himalayas. Now is the season for such visitors.

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Coronavirus knows no borders

It is clear that the COVID-19 virus knows no borders and should not be taken lightly. Countries such as India and Nepal were initially unaffected by the pandemic and are now suddenly on alert.

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Tough punishments for those who break safety rules

Moreover, in Nepal, those who do not wear masks or ignore the rules of confinement have been punished with prison sentences.

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Tragic images in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is providing images like this at the gates of its hospitals. Nepalese healthcare workers save lives, but deaths inevitably occur as well.

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Oxygen for hospitals and not for expeditions

The reason for the halt on Everest expeditions would also be to save oxygen reserves. The cylinders normally used to climb the mountain would now go to hospitals.

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Nepal was on guard from the start

The virus has struck violently this May despite the fact that Nepal has been taking the fight against COVID-19 seriously since the beginning of the pandemic. It has implemented extensive hygiene and sterilisation measures since the coronavirus showed its potential for danger.

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Fire and virus

While vaccination is progressing, the danger of the deadly coronavirus does not cease. The fires of cremations are a sign of emergency. Scientific authorities continue to insist: the sooner the highest percentage of the population is vaccinated, the sooner we will put an end to these devastating waves of COVID-19.

Read more: How dangerous is the Indian variant of the coronavirus?

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