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Kalo Kaag

Nepal-Promotion

Nach dem größen Erdbeben in Nepal ist die Idee mit dem Blog entstanden, weil ich meine Erfahrungen, Erlebnisse und Gedanken in die Welt hinaustragen möchte.

This blog was started after the great earthquake in Nepal with the thought to share the experiences and thoughts with the wider world.

2nd confirmed corona case in Nepal

Corona Diaries Posted on Mon, March 23, 2020 21:04:29

We knew it would come, sooner or later it would come. It was only a matter of time.
Nepal had till 22nd of March only one confirmed case of corona. I was myself very much puzzled, WHY?
Nepal boarders to China. Corona has been an endemic in China and started in China 3 months ago. Nepal has since then definitely had a lot of Chinese tourists.
Apart from that Nepal shares an open border to India. India has it’s two states- Bihar and UP bordering Nepal. UP has several confirmed corona cases.
Still Nepal has had only one confirmed corona case- apparently a nepalese student from Wuhan, China. He has already recovered and gone back home almost a month ago.
Experts here in Nepal think that there are corona cases among the population but it has not been able to tested. Nepal has, for now, only a capacity of 500 tests per week. But frankly saying these test only help us determine the prevalence. But if there are cases which has not been detected, there still must be the severe cases that should show itself up in the hospitals. But there has not been a single confirmed tested case among the suspicious cases at the hospitals.

But there has been a second confirmed case today, on 23rd of March. Apparently a 19 year old student, a returnee from France on the 17th of march on Qatar Airways via Doha has COVID-19. 

This has certainly sent a chill to the people of Nepal. The government has been trying to track all the people who has had a contact with this patient.
After this the Nepalese government has issued a complete lockdown of the country from 24th of March.
We also had a special meeting among the family members to apply more strict measures to protect the family from oncoming risks. 

Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst…



Quarantine

Corona Diaries Posted on Mon, March 23, 2020 20:43:08

Being a doctor and a family father myself, I need to take this corona issue seriously. Although there is only a single corona case here in Nepal till this date (18th of March), we have decided for myself and my family, that we will go in a self quarantine.
We’ve thus reduced our steps out of the house completely. In the last four days we have only gone twice outside to get the most necessary things.
Kathmandu has been shutting down. Government has issued a set of suggestions not to leave the house unnecessarily. There’re also mixed thoughts and feelings among the people of Kathmandu. There are a lot of movements for social distancing and quarantine in the social media. Also the streets of Kathmandu seems to be less busier. Also a lot of people not form the city have already left the city.
It is indeed very different when you have a family of two small kids to go into quarantine, but it is not impossible. Also we have not so much space here at home, which makes things a bit harder. But we have been trying our best.
A healthy mind is the most important at this very moment. 



Flight cancellation

Corona Diaries Posted on Mon, March 23, 2020 18:46:27

The very next day after I arrived, I went to the head office of Turkish airline here in Kathmandu. There were rumors that the flight to Germany from Istanbul had been cancelled.
On arriving there I met couple of Germans who were also trying to get back home. There were still flights to Istanbul but the flights then onwards to Germany were already cancelled for unknown time.
Also a couple had their tickets changed from Qatar Airlines to Air India to Turkish Airlines since all of them had already cancelled their flights. We had no chance of getting back to Germany right now.
Also I felt, it is better to get stranded here in Nepal rather than in Istanbul with the kids. The other reason is that, if we leave Nepal right now, we will not be able to return back to Nepal, since Nepal immigration would not allow us back again, since our children and I are German passport holders.
I feel really bad for my colleagues that I can’t be there to help them in the time of need.
But I do believe that everything has a cause. The time will tell.
Life in the streets of Kathmandu seems to be pretty quite as of today, 18th of March.