Nepal is Starting to Look a Lot Like India

Nepali army personnel salute COVID-19 victims before cremating their bodies at a crematorium in Kathmandu. May 2, 2021. Image: Sunil Pradhan/NurPhoto/Getty
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Nepali army personnel salute COVID-19 victims before cremating their bodies at a crematorium in Kathmandu. May 2, 2021. Image: Sunil Pradhan/NurPhoto/Getty

Hospitals turning away patients. Scarce oxygen. Overflowing crematoria. Desperate pleas on social media for remdesivir. 
 
Nepal is beginning to resemble its much larger neighbor as COVID-19 cases soared 668% in April’s last 2 weeks compared with the previous fortnight, The Guardian reports

As India’s crisis spiraled, people have flowed across the porous Nepal/India border, bringing the virus with them, The Guardian also reports.

Nepali oxygen producers can’t keep up as facilities that once ordered 20 cylinders a day are now demanding 110. They warned the government of a looming crisis a month ago—to no avail.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli has been blasted for false assurances that the situation is under control and touting herbal remedies as COVID-19 treatments.  
 

The Quote: “I am trained not to sleep for 48 hours, but I am not trained to send patients away without help,” Rakshya Pandey, a pulmonary care doctor in Kathmandu.

Mountain Division: Climbers with COVID-19 symptoms have even been found at Mount Everest’s base camp, prompting China to promise a “line of separation” to prevent Nepal’s outbreak from bleeding into China, NPR reports.

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