November 28: In the wake of a new variant of COVID-19 reported in South Africa, the Ministry of Health and Population has urged people to remain cautious and strictly follow the health protocols.
The ministry warned that the variant classified as B 1.1.529 could spread to Nepal as well. So people visiting Nepal through South Africa should compulsorily stay in a week-long quarantine facility, said the Ministry.
Nepal is at risk when a virus variant is reported anywhere across the globe, said Joint Secretary at the Ministry, Dr Samir Adhikari. So caution is necessary, he added.
According to the ministry, the World Health Organisation has classified the variant as 'of concern'. "Following this, we have stepped up vigil on people visiting Nepal through South Africa," he said.
The ministry further said that there is no need to worry as the variant has not been reported in Nepal. But caution is necessary, said Adhikari. At present, the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing. But the risks still persist. So there is a need to follow the health protocols, said Adhikari. -- RSS