New Covid variant could spread to Nepal as well: Health Ministry

29 November 2021, Kathmandu

In the wake of a new COVID-19 variant reported lately in South Africa, the Ministry of Health and Population has urged people to remain cautious and follow the health protocols.

The variant classified as B 1.1.529 could spread to Nepal as well.

Therefore, people visiting Nepal through South Africa should compulsorily stay in a week-long quarantine facility, according to the Ministry.

Nepal is at risk when a virus variant is reported anywhere across the globe, said Joint Secretary at the Ministry, Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari.

The World Health Organisation has classed the variant as ‘of concern’.

“Following this, we have stepped up vigil on people visiting Nepal through South Africa,” he said. There is no need to worry as the variant has not been reported in Nepal. But caution is necessary, he said.

“At present, only the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing. But the risks still persist. So there is a need to follow the health protocols.”

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