PM Oli Addresses the Nation on the Precautionary Measures against Corona Virus

K.P Sharma Oli

Prime Minister of Nepal

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addressed the nation on 20 March 2020 and spoke about the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

He said- today, I am here not to talk about my health but the public health. Since Corona is a global threat for which we, as a nation, need to take urgent measures to reduce the risk of its outbreak. Majority of the nations in the world have been affected by the corona virus infection. Though the effect of the pandemic has not been seen directly in our country yet, we are not in the position to take the situation lightly.

Oli also announced a halt to all non-essential services from March 22 to April 3. He added, the stoppage will be continued or discontinued depending on how things evolve.

‘This might create some difficulty in daily routine and chores, but to defeat potential infections, there aren’t any other options.’ said Oli.

Some of the key points for precautions are as follows:

  • Take special care in maintaining sanitation and hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and use the sanitizer.
  • Stay away from crowd
  • Stay at home as far as possible
  • Do not hoard items of utmost importance
  • Do not be affected by rumours
  • Follow the advice of doctors and experts
  • Be patient and calm
  • Be alert but do not panic

Those returning to Nepal from affected countries will have to stay in a 14-day quarantine to protect themselves, their families and community from getting infected. Therefore, everyone is expected to fulfil the role of a responsible citizen.

The government will do its best to prevent and control the infection. For this, the government will be providing of services from various hospitals across the country, management of medical supplies and equipment, and provision of necessary human resources.

The government encourages employees and services providers of the private sector to carry out their works and services through the online medium as far as possible. However, all government employees, and private sector employees of crucial services that cannot be carried out online, will be present at their workplaces to perform their duties.

With the help of the private sector, the government has managed to facilitate regular procurement of important consumer goods including food items. However, if anyone is found involved in creating artificial shortage, hoarding and black marketing, adulteration, and other such criminal activities, then they will be subject to strict action as per the existing law.

The Ministry of Finance is carrying out a detailed study of the global economic effect caused by the pandemic. The government will surely introduce appropriate programmes to minimize the economic risks after analyzing the effects (which has already taken place or might in the future) on the nation’s economy.

Keeping in mind the health and safety of everyone, the government has brought into effect certain provisions as a necessary measure at a time like this.

  • All international flights entering Nepal from March 22 to March 31 will be halted.
  • Those entering the country through land entry points will have to go through health check-ups to minimize the risk of infection. Coordination will be carried out with the neighbouring countries for the same.
  • All services except those listed as essential services in the Official Gazette of the Government of Nepal, being provided by all private, community, public institutions under local, provincial and federal level shall be halted from March 22 till April 3.
  • Operation of all types of long-distance public vehicles operating across the country will be halted, to be effective from March 23, until further notice.
  • Public places such as cinema halls, among others, will be closed down for the time being.
  • Teaching and learning activities, along with examinations, at schools, colleges and universities have been halted.
  • In view of the pandemic, additional measures will be taken as necessary.

The Government of Nepal is aware of the inconvenience faced by the Nepalese inside and outside the country and will keep making efforts to manage the difficult situation.