As COVID cases are doubling every four days, government stops issuing NOCs for abroad study aspirants

As new COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly in the country, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has suspended issuing ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) to those aspiring to go abroad for studies.

The Ministry suspended the service until further notice, as per the decision made by the Cabinet meeting held earlier on Monday, in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in and out of the country.

The Ministry has suspended issuing NOC to students willing to go to Japan, Australia, South Korea, Bangladesh and China, reads a notice issued by the Ministry on Wednesday.

As many as 2,351 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in the country on Wednesday, including 1,051 in the Kathmandu Valley.

With this, Nepal’s COVID caseload has reached 289,787, including 276,093 recoveries, 10,582 active cases, and 3,112 deaths.

Of those testing positive for the contagion in the Valley yesterday, 786 were from Kathmandu, 181 from Lalitpur, and 84 from Bhaktapur.

The number of new cases stood at 1,091 across the country earlier this week on Sunday. Four days later, more than double the number were confirmed infected with the deadly virus.

In Kathmandu, 326 people were infected with COVID-19 four days ago while the number reached 786 on Wednesday.

Likewise, the number of active cases of COVID-19 reached 10,582 on Wednesday.

Speaking at a daily virtual press meet, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population Dr Jageshwar Gautam maintained that Nepal’s COVID-19 rate is doubling every four days.

Nepal began is vaccination campaign in January with Covishield vaccines provided by the Serum Institute of India, but suspended it last month following lack of supply.