COVID-19 Response Plan Nepal May 2021

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After several months of relatively low daily cases in Nepal, COVID-19 cases began to rapidly spike in mid-April, increasing consistently from 152 on 1 April to over 8,000 per day since 5 May. Despite its relatively small population of 29.5 million, Nepal currently finds itself among the countries with the highest daily number of cases in absolute terms. Over 45% of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests are coming back positive. At its current trajectory Nepal is well on track to meet or exceed the worst-case scenario case figure of 300,000 cases over a fourth month period, laid out in the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP).

RESPONSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Prevent loss of life to COVID-19 through support to the response in health, WASH, logistics, points of entry and risk communication and community engagement.
  2. Address urgent humanitarian need arising from the secondary impacts of the pandemic and renewed lockdown measures, leading to food insecurity, malnutrition, gaps in protection, livelihood needs and education needs.