NRNA appeals precautions against coronavirus; Momo Festival canceled

  • March 10, 2020

As the cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Australia, the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra issued an appeal to take precautions against coronavirus. The embassy has also requested the Nepali Diaspora in Australia to follow health directions issued by the state-run healthcare facilities.

The embassy has requested to wear masks while using public transportations, not to gather in crowds if possible, not to organize big events, cover mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing, avoid hugging and wash hands or use sanitizers from time to time.

Furthermore, the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has issued a press release urging the public to be extra careful while attending any event and to avoid events if possible, in order to prevent themselves from contracting coronavirus.

NRNA also suggested visiting nearest doctors for a test in case of doubts regarding one’s health status.

According to the Embassy of Nepal in Canberra, the Nepali man residing in Hobart who was diagnosed with COVID-19 is being treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital and his health is improving.

The embassy has requested not to publish wrong information regarding his personal life and his family status as it can have a psychological effect on him.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of Nepali Society of Tasmania Punam Panta issued a press release and requested everyone to remain alert. Stating that the news of a Nepali national in Hobart being infected with coronavirus was sad, Panta in the press release added that the entire Nepali community should be positive about the infected national being cured.

Momo festivals in Sydney and Brisbane canceled

In view of the fear of coronavirus spread, a well-regarded Nepali event has been canceled. The Momo Festival scheduled to be hosted in Syndey and Brisbane have been canceled, organizers of the festival informed. Director of the festival Raju Shakya said they were holding discussions with the council to decide the fate of the festival scheduled to be held in Melbourne. He added that the decision was made keeping the public’s health in mind.