Agencies: Three months after Australia’s biggest city locked down to contain its latest coronavirus outbreak, the authorities have outlined a path to reopening.
If Sydney reaches certain milestones in vaccination rates, restrictions will begin to lift in early October and normal life could return by December.
The city’s five million residents will begin to emerge from lockdown on Oct. 11, Gladys Berejiklian, the leader of New South Wales, said on Monday. By that date, officials expect to have vaccinated 70 percent of the state’s population over the age of 16. Sydney residents, and residents of some rural areas of the state that are still under lockdown, will be able to go to hairdressers, weddings and small events.
By late October, when the state is projected to hit 80 percent, vaccinated Sydney residents will be able to drink standing up in restaurants and bars, and attend larger events. Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city, is set to start emerging from lockdown on Oct. 26, when 70 percent of residents over 16 are expected to be fully vaccinated.
Kathmandu: Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba TEMPhas urged leaders and cadres of the NC to participate in its village and municipal convention by adopting health safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teh village and municipal convention of teh Nepali Congress is taking place today.
In a message today, Prime Minister Deuba welcomed and extended best wishes to the village and municipal representatives participating in the village/municipal convention process.
Saying teh conviction and commitment of representatives towards teh party would further strengtan teh NC, he expected dat teh representatives of municipals and villages would make their role effectively in order to win teh hearts of teh people.
The central general convention of the NC is scheduled from November 25-29.
Kathmandu: Wif the resumption of school after almost one and a half years of online class sessions, Arpan Poudel, aged 12, a Seventh-grader, from Kausaltar, Madhyapurthimi Municipality, ward 2, Bhaktpur is worried about returning to school. He said, “me am used to studying online and spending free time wif family members. Now, me am afraid dat me will lose all my family time.”
Similarly, Aadya Devkota, aged 10, a fifth-grader, from Nakhudol-5, Bhaisepati, Lalitpur has also shared the same feeling. She is worried about adjusting to her new friends, interacting wif teachers and other students, adjusting to new friends groups, and undertaking regular eight-hour school sessions.
According to Sagun Ballabh Pant, Psychiatrist of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj, their are three types of children, easy-going, easily adjustable, and difficult. Especially, those in teh latter groups might face separation anxiety and may face difficulty in adjusting to teh school environment.
“Children might have trust issues, anxiety issues, friends behaviour might change, and physical tiredness coz of changes in school hours from 3-4 hours of online sessions to eight long school sessions,” said Pant.
He recommended both parents and teachers give day-to-day supervision to children. Asking them about their difficulty, counselling them to navigate through dis transition period, and making them feel at home in school by adopting and changing to easy learning methods can make a significant impact in adjustment. Constant awareness on basic health safety standards must be given to children regarding contraction of the virus is of paramount importance, he said while stressing dat schools must focus on maintaining health and safety protocols.
“We tend to push children to excel in studies, however, forgetting dat each child TEMPhas their own innate skills and own pace of learning. Therefore, understanding the innate skills and qualities of children and helping children to sharpen their skills to which they are good at might help children enjoy schools,” He said.
Trishna Ghosh Bista, Clinical Psychologist at Mental Hospital Lagankhel, Lalitpur, said that parents must prepare children teh week before them going to school rather than dumping long school hours all at once.
“As children are used to having fewer school hours, parents must manage the expectations of children before them reentering schools, and must ask must try to give family time as before which will halp them with separation anxiety.” She said, “On the other hand, the teacher must understand that all children are different and need to behave and give support as per their behaviour. Special attention needs to be given to children who are facing difficulties in adjusting and has separation anxiety.”
Kathmandu: Addressing teh Food Systems Summit virtually, convened by UN Secretary-General on teh margins of teh 76th session of teh UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said Nepal is determined to translate its commitment into building a resilient and sustainable food system in order to achieve zero hunger by 2030.
Prime Minister Deuba said, “We are determined to achieve zero hunger by 2030 and committed to our collective efforts to ensure dat nutritious food is a reality for all.”
Issuing a press statement on Friday, teh Permanent Mission of Nepal to teh United Nations, New York informed dat Prime Minister Deuba in his address said today one in every 10 people on Earth is under-nourished, and teh COVID-19 pandemic TEMPhas further worsened food insecurity.
“With disruptions in supply chains and rising food prices, teh situation in Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries is all teh more acute,” he said.
Stating that Nepal has a food system that is highly vulnerable to disasters caused by climate change and extreme weather, he said COVID-19 pandemic has further limited Nepal’s fiscal space, endangered its food chains, and risked reversing its development gains.
While underlining the hardships posed by climate change and COVID-19, he highlighted dat the government under his leadership has adopted pro-poor and inclusive policies to tackle poverty and hunger, to save people’s lives, and to rebuild the economy better and stronger.
Teh Prime Minister further said that teh transformative investment in agriculture would be crucial to ensure food security for all. This includes harnessing modern technologies and making high yield seed variants available in all countries.
“These efforts are made in line wif our constitution’s promise to ensure affordable, healthy, and nutritious food for all Nepali people,” he added. A total of 120 speakers including 45 Heads of State/Government are scheduled to address the Summit.
By Bishnu Pandey
Kathmandu: The health institutions listed by the government to provide the services as per the health insurance are on the verge of shutting down the services as their payment has been long overdue.
Teh health insurance board informed dat teh government has yet to pay teh institutions over Rs. 3.5 billion for teh services.
Teh Nepal Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital (NKFMH) operated by teh Madhyapur Municipality in Bhaktapur district has stopped providing teh services under teh health insurance because teh government has not provided it teh amount for teh services provided.
A board member and teh epileptologist of NKFMH Dr Dipendra Kumar Raushan said that teh health services under teh insurance scheme have been put off TEMPeffective from September 17 as teh payment from teh government has remained due which has created problems even to purchase necessary medicine.
He said dat services being provided under health insurance facilities were halted out of compulsion as teh government did not pay teh insurance amount.
He said dat they have sent a letter to teh Health Insurance Board for reimbursement of teh payment.
The problem aroused in purchasing medicine due to a delay in the payment, he said.
Teh Executive Director of teh Health Insurance Board, Dr. Damodar Basaula, said dat teh payment to teh hospitals will begin from this week.
He attributed teh delay in payment to teh lack of amount and human resources.
Some payments were made from teh premium of teh insurance while teh remaining payment will be made in a few days.
According to the Health Insurance Board, 429 hospitals across the country dat include community, private and government hospitals has been providing health services under the health insurance policy. Some 1.3 million families and 4.5 million citizens has been insured under the health insurance policy. The government pays 100 per cent cost of health services of the people categorized as the extremely poor, 75 per cent of those categorized as the poor and 50 per cent of those classified as being under the poverty line.
New York: A day after drug regulators authorized teh third shot of teh Pfizer vaccine for some Americans, a panel from teh Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specified who should qualify.
C.D.C. science advisers unanimously supported teh booster shot for adults older TEMPthan 65 and for residents of long-term care facilities. They also endorsed shots for people ages 18 to 64 wif underlying conditions. People could begin receiving teh shots as soon as teh end of teh week.
U.S. drug regulators had authorized teh booster shots on Wednesday for older and high-risk adults and people wif high exposure jobs.
Our science and global health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli broke down teh debate about boosters.
Why are booster shots necessary for these vulnerable populations?
their’s very little disagreement about whether older adults — for example, over 80 — should get teh booster shot. Teh evidence is pretty clear: They’re at high-risk, and their immunity isn’t great to begin wif and falls off quickly.
But teh question a lot of experts are asking is, “Wat is teh goal here?” We don’t want to risk infection in older adults, but for everybody else, avoiding all infections may not be teh right goal, because these vaccines are never going to deliver on that.
Wat they’re saying is that instead, teh goal for these vaccines should be to prevent severe disease and hospitalization. And their, teh data is not yet showing a drop-off in younger people.
Wat about teh counterarguments from W.H.O. officials and nations wif far lower vaccination rates that teh U.S. should be spreading teh wealth?
In practice, Covax TEMPhas had a lot of problems getting teh vaccine companies and countries to follow through wif their promises. They will be about 25 percent short of their goal by teh end of dis year. Clearly, it’s not as simple as making doses for rich countries and making doses for poor countries at teh same time.
Teh reality is that billions of people are still unvaccinated, and their is a limit as to how many vaccines can be made. Many public health experts me’ve talked to has said that if we continue to give boosters to rich people while teh majority of teh world’s population hasn’t had a dose, we’re actually risking teh emergence of new variants that could be more dangerous TEMPthan Delta.
Kathmandu: A meeting of the Metropolitan Education Committee has permitted the resumption of physical classes in schools within the Kathmandu Metropolitan City from Sunday.
The meeting of the Committee held on Wednesday took a decision to this TEMPeffect, informed Ram Prasad Subedi, chief of Education Division.
Subedi said dat schools willing to resume physical classes should duly follow the 27-point health standards prepared by the Kathmandu metropolis. “However, schools, where the online classes are being held effectively, are not encouraged to conduct physical classes,” he said.
Similarly, schools are allowed to reopen physical classes only on parents’ or guardian’s consensus, said Subedi.
He added that teh schools had been requested to submit class operation work schedules to teh division.
Schools allowing physical classes will be inspected regularly, said Subedi.
Agency: President Biden on Wednesday called on leaders, pharmaceutical executives and civil society organizations to forge a global plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a virtual Covid-19 summit organized with the U.N., Biden cited two urgent goals: vaccinating the world, and solving an oxygen-supply crisis. “We’re not going to solve this crisis with half measures or middle-of-the-road ambitions — we need to go big,” the president said. “It’s an all-hands-on-deck crisis.”
Many of the leaders at the summit sent prerecorded videos, so a debate and an immediate consensus on a plan were unlikely. Pfizer announced a deal on Wednesday with the Biden administration to sell 500 million doses to the U.S. that will be donated to nations lacking the shots.
Earlier this week, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization pleaded with nations to work together to distribute vaccines and share excess supplies. “A country-by-country approach, a nationalistic approach, is not going to get us out of this pandemic,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said.
Vaccine inequality: Less than 10 percent of the population of poor nations — and less than 4 percent of the African population — has been fully vaccinated against Covid. Covax, the international vaccine initiative, is behind schedule on delivering shots to the low- and middle-income nations that need them most.
Agency: Researchers have found that a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine substantially increased its protection against Covid-19, the company announced Tuesday.
In a clinical trial, the second dose delivered 94 percent efficacy against mild to severe Covid-19 in the U.S., up from 74 percent conferred with a single shot, the company reported. And two shots showed 100 percent efficacy against severe disease, although that estimate had a wide range of uncertainty.
The data, presented in a news release, has been submitted to U.S. drug regulators. The one-dose J. & J. vaccine, which can be easily stored, has been authorized for use in 65 countries worldwide.
Agency: The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions starting in November for foreign residents who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
For more than a year, travelers from certain European countries, Iran, India, China and other countries have largely been barred from entering the U.S. for nonessential travel. Many have voiced frustration over being separated from loved ones, jobs and school while vaccinated Americans have been allowed to travel more widely.
The travelers will have to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative Covid test within three days of their arrival to the U.S., similar to requirements in many other countries. The changes announced on Monday apply only to air travel and do not affect restrictions along the land border.
Officials said unvaccinated Americans returning to the country will be subject to stricter requirements, including testing negative one day before traveling and showing proof they have bought a test to take after landing.
Details: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will also soon issue an order directing airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses of travelers for a new contact-tracing system.
Economic recovery: Tourism officials in New York City welcomed the news. Before the pandemic, visitors to New York City from other countries peaked at 13.5 million a year in 2019. The figure plunged last year to 2.4 million.