News update: 156 new cases of COVID-19, Returnees to get PCR tests

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Chairmen Oli, Dahal hold discussions to troubleshoot party dispute
Kathmandu : Chairmen of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Sunday held a meeting to find solution to the intraparty disputes.

However, no conclusion was drawn even today’s meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar.
Chairman Prachanda’s press coordinator Bishnu Sapkota said that the two leaders have agreed to continue their talks in bid to find a solution to the party’s disputes.

Earlier, NCP’s secretariat meeting conducted on Saturday had decided to engage in further consultations to finalize the internal crises of the party based on consensus.

Likewise, Chairman Dahal met with party leaders Jhalanath Khanal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Narayankaji Shrestha, Bishnu Prasad Poudel and Janardan Sharma on Sunday itself over the ways to resolve the party’s disputes.


Returnees to get PCR tests
Kathmandu : The Ministry of Health and Population will carry out PCR tests of the returnee migrant workers who arrived home from foreign countries by air and road.

This is in a bid to increase the scope of tests for COVID-19, said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, Spokesperson for the Ministry. The meeting of the high level committee of the Ministry on Sunday took a decision to this effect.
The foreign returnees have to remain in holding centres and quarantine facilities for five days before getting the testing, he said, adding that thereafter they are handed over to the respective local level.

So far, a total of 315,570 suspected people got PCR testing from 27 laboratories across the country. Likewise, employees at government offices inside Singha Durbar will also get PCR tests. Swab samples of the employees would be collected soon, said Dr Gautam.

Swabs of 45,000 people have been collected to find out whether the infection has spread at community level, he said. Although the infection rate has decreased lately, risks are still there, he said, urging people to take precautions.
“Some situations like increasing infection cases in neighbouring countries, dense mobility of people at the places having high volume of population and violation of minimum standards of public health have still put us at high risks,” he said. Caseload in the country has reached 17,658 and 11,695 have been cured from the virus.


1,080 stranded Nepalis rescued from foreign countries
Kathmandu : One thousand eighty Nepalis who were stranded in various countries due to COVID-19 pandemic have been rescued and brought to home on Sunday. They have been brought to Nepal on chartered flights of different airlines. Ten chartered international flights with the stranded Nepalis onboard took place at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Sunday.

Likewise, six bodies of Nepalis who died in foreign countries have also been brought to Nepal. As part of rescue operations, Nepal Airlines brought 418 passengers (266 from Dubai and two corpses of Nepalis and 152 from Doha and two corpses of Nepalis).

Himalayan Airlines carried 310 passengers (155 each from Abu Dhabi and Doha).
Malindo Air ferried 354 passengers from Kuala Lumpur. Aircrafts of Nepal Airlines and Himalaya Airlines have flown to Kuala Lumpur to pick up other stranded Nepalis, said the TIA Office. Both airlines are scheduled to operate nine flights to rescue stranded Nepalis from various foreign countries on Monday.


Hotels to give minimum wages for workers during lockdown
The workers and labourers in hotel and hospitality sector would get their minimum wages for the lockdown period.
The Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) and three major trade unions active in tourism and hospitality sector inked a deal ending a longstanding dispute over the workers’ salary for the lockdown period.

The HAN said that the agreement was done for the period of April 13 to December 31 by considering that the situation caused by the pandemic coronavirus infection will last till 2020.

As per the agreement, the workers in the hotels would get minimum salaries as per the grading of the hotels.
Labourers working in the hotels having 200 plus rooms will get Rs 10,000 per month while the workers of five-star hotels with less than 200 rooms will collect Rs 9,000 per month. Similarly, the staff of four-star hotels with 100 plus rooms would be given Rs 8,455 per month and Rs 8,000 to those workers employed in the four-star hotels with less than 100 rooms. Likewise, the staff of three-star hotels and resorts will get Rs 5,000 per month, the HAN said at a news conference in the capital on Sunday.

156 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on Sunday
Kathmandu: A total of 156 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country on Sunday, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population Dr Jageshwar Gautam said in a daily press briefing.

According to Dr Gautam, the new cases were confirmed during the tests on 3,741 individuals at different 27 laboratories across the country.

With this, the total number of infected individuals reached 17,658 in the country. Of the new coronavirus cases, 32 are from Saptari, 25 from Sarlahi, 10 each from Nawalparasi and Bardiya. Likewise, seven cases were witnessed in Parsa, six each in Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung and five each in Banke and Dang.

Similarly, two each from Lalitpur, Rautahat, Syangja, Rupandehi and Dadeldhura and one each from Sunsari, Bara, Kathmandu, Morang, Makawanpur, Baglung, Parbat, Pyuthan and Salyan.

Dr Gautam added that 58 people returned home after complete recovery in the last 24 hours. The total of home returnees after recovery reached 11,695.

According to the Ministry, eight districts—Bhojpur, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Rasuwa, Manang, Mustang, Humla and Jumla have not a single active case of coronavirus.


Low-pressure line nearer to Nepal making monsoon active
Kathmandu: An active monsoon wind is causing slight rainfall across the country since early morning on Sunday.
The Meteorological Forecasting Division stated that the monsoon is nearer to low pressure line in the country which will cause rainfall until Monday morning across the country.

According to meteorologist Nirajan Sapkota, the rainfall has been witnessed in some parts of all seven states today and it could continue in most of the parts in all states particularly in State-2, Bagmati State, Gandaki State and State-5.
The Division has cautioned that heavy rainfall could occur in some parts from Monday morning as monsoon would be more active. Sapkota added that the rainfall more than average has been recorded in the year 2020 in the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer at National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Anil Pokharel, has cautioned that the risk of natural disasters including landslides and floods is higher this year as pre-monsoon rainfall is also causing landslides and has left the land fragile.

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