Focused COVID-19 Media Monitoring, Nepal (August 23, 2021)



  • Nepal reported 1,702 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths on August 22; Sudurpaschim, Karnali Provinces seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases; COVID-19 confirmed in 15 per cent of samples tested in Sudurpaschim Province; Kathmandu Valley administrations to decide on extension of prohibitory orders on August 23 after analyzing increasing rate of COVID-19 infections
  • Auditor General has questioned the move to grant Omni Group the contract to procure healthcare materials for treatment and containment of COVID-19 pandemic, has said making agreements for procurement of healthcare materials with people not responsible for the same is against the law
  • Coronavirus Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund set up in March 2020 remains unused
  • ‘Smart lockdown’: No one knows what it is, and how it can or is to be implemented


  • Nearly 2,000,000 Antigen Test kits provided by different nations about to go to waste as they remain unused