Earlier this year, people were beginning to recover from the effects of the first wave in 2020 which resulted in 120 days of nationwide lockdown in Nepal. Vaccination began, covering 2% of the population. For a few months, new daily cases were relatively low. Then, in mid-April 2021, Nepal entered the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. This wave has been much more severe, more infectious, affecting more younger people, causing more serious illness and death.
Rapidly increasing cases with sudden high demand for oxygen, hospital beds, ICU and ventilators put Nepal’s fragile health system under pressure. Due to shortage of medical supplies, limited staff, hospitals and rural health system ill-equipped to cope with a major pandemic, the second wave of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact in Nepal.
Nepal is experiencing the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the world and almost all Nepal’s districts are again under full lockdown to contain the spread of infection. So far, the confirmed nationwide death toll has reached 7,898 (Source- MoHP: 6 June 2021).
This second wave of pandemic and repeated lockdown has increased the risk of extreme poverty for the most vulnerable people who are already living in difficult conditions and struggling to recover from the impact of the first wave. 93% of COVID-19 positive cases are being cared for at home, often in overcrowded conditions and the risk of transmission is high.
In this fight with COVID-19, we are coming alongside the most vulnerable people to sustain them with essential food supplies, health advice, counselling, safety material packages and other urgent needs. In addition, we are supporting our local government with essential medical supplies.
We would like to appeal to our supporters around the world to join us in this challenge to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by this crisis.
A couple, Bhim Narayan Mahoto and Lal Maya Chaudhary live in Kawasoti – 15, Nawalparasi district. There are only husband and wife in the family.
This is 35 years old Santa Bahadur Pariyar with his wife and two children. He has a visual impairment disability since his birth. His wife also has low vision.
Dhan Bahadur Chalise, lives in a rented house in ward no. 9, Pokhara. He used to work in a factory, but due to his physical disability, he could not work long term in the factory.
Prem Lama Pun, 60 years old. He lives in a one-room house in slum area in Pokhara. His wife has physical disabilities caused by paralysis 20 years ago. He needs to take care of his wife.
COVID-19 outbreak has been affecting the lives of people around the world, and Nepal is no exception. With the identification of 2nd positive case of COVID-19,
Nepal has completed almost two months of COVID 19 lockdown which was first enforced on March 24. Lockdown is likely to be further extended as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.
Nepal government imposed a week-long nationwide lockdown on 24th March 2020 after identifying the 2nd positive case of COVID-19. Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, lockdown has been further extended.