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Coronavirus has become a great threat to the whole world. The death toll due to coronavirus is more than 5,000 and the infected case is also rising to more than 140,000. In the USA only, the number of confirmed cases has reached 1,678 and the death toll in the USA is about 41 which is increasing rapidly. On Friday, the president of the USA has also declared a national emergency in the USA when the case of Coronavirus is increased. The World Health Organisation has already declared the spread of coronavirus as the global pandemic. Therefore, it is very important for every country to address this issue and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Travel Restriction in Nepal

Nepal government has also taken a serious step by imposing travel restrictions on foreigners and Nepalese who are in foreign countries and willing to visit Nepal. The Nepalese government updated the notice on 13th March 2020 and taken several decisions that will come into effect from 14th March 2020 till 30th April 2020. The notice contains 10 decisions made on the travel restriction. Nepal has got only one international airport which is Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) so this decision can be implemented effectively if all the concerned authorities work well. The following attachment is the notice on Travel Restriction by Nepal Government.

The decision listed on number 9 has made travel restrictions from any land ports of entry in Nepal. As per Wikipedia, there are 22 Indian Borders and 8 China Borders from where people can travel India and China from Nepal and vice-versa. There is strong security in Chinese borders so there might be a low threat in Nepal-China Borders. However, Indo-Nepal Borders are not secured enough. And I know there are lots of secret ways to travel between Nepal and India beyond the official borders. As I am from the lower Terai region of Nepal, I have seen many people using unofficial ways to go to India and import lots of goods and commodities by avoiding tax on official borders.

In this situation, can Nepal prevent coronavirus from entering into Nepal from such unofficial borders? India has already confirmed 82 cases of Coronavirus and second death. The count may rise because 82 infected person means there might be more people infected but have not been diagnosed yet. Nepal’s government is totally weak to manage its border with India. If the Nepal government was strong enough then Indian citizens wouldn’t be able to capture Nepal’s land in the past. However, the same carelessness of the Nepal government can bring out the coronavirus outbreak in Nepal. I don’t know why most of the Nepalese Political leaders seem to be a blind follower of the Indian government. We have seen many incidents in the past also.

So, what should be done to prevent the coronavirus outbreak in Nepal? The Nepalese Government has already imposed Travel restriction which is a great initiative to prevent an outbreak. The Travel restriction has saved Kathmandu and Pokhara in lots of ways. The major destination of tourists is Pokhara and Kathmandu and the population of these two cities is very high. If the outbreak happened then many Nepalese would lose their lives. The Nepal Government does not have the appropriate resources to manage this disease if the outbreak really happens. So, every Nepali should be aware and should adopt the preventive measures to be safe from coronavirus.

As Travel restriction is recently imposed in Nepal, many foreigners and Nepalese from foreign countries have already landed in Nepal. It is also possible that they have brought a virus from foreign countries. So, all Nepalese should be aware of this virus. You should use hand sanitizers, wash hands using soap and water, do not travel unnecessarily, use a face mask, avoid touching your nose and mouth frequently, and so on. Read more on this. Help yourself and help others.

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