On Saturday, PM Oli’s five close aides – chief advisor Bishnu Rimal, foreign affairs adviser Rajan Bhattarai, press adviser Surya Thapa, chief personal secretary Indra Bhandari and photographer of the PM’s Office Rajan Kafle announced that they had tested positive for Covid-19. Since then, concerns for PM Oli’s health and wellbeing has been rising.
As per reports, PM Oli has undegone a PCR Test and the results have come back negative, health experts are of the belief that PM Oli should self-isolate and monitor for symptoms as he was working closely with the infected.
Given the tendency of Covid-19 to impact patients with underlying health conditions, PM Oli’s age (68) and history of medical ailments places him at further risk should he contract the virus. PM Oli had undergone a second kidney transplant on March, 2020.
The PM’s Office has maintained that PM Oli’s chance of contracting the virus is minimal as he was always wearing a mask when meeting his aides or attending other public events.
Following the development, and over concerns of the PM, his public meetings have been cancelled, and PM Oli will be working from his office in strict physical distance from others.
Severity in Baluwatar:
Meanwhile, as many as 70 security personnel deployted at Baluwatar tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend. The high number of cases are alarming, and is evidence that the PM’s Office can be declared a hotspot of Covid19.