NA aircraft returns from Guangzhou with COVID-19 prevention materials


KATHMANDU, March 29: The Nepal Airlines aircraft has returned to Kathmandu on Sunday carrying emergency coronavirus prevention materials.

The widebody, which had left for China on Saturday to fetch the medical equipment, landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport early morning.

Medical goods including COVID-19 testing kits, PPE and medicines weighing around 13,000 kilograms were brought to Kathmandu in the NAC aircraft from Guangzhou of China, according to Chief of the NAC operations department, Dipu Juharchan.

Around 50,000 COVID-19 testing kit and 100,000 sets of PPE have been brought among others.

The materials also include masks donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation and PPEs and thermometers donated by the Sichuan Provincial Government, the Sichuan Provincial Investment Group and the Chinese Embassy, according to Ambassador of China to Nepal Hou Yanqi.

Nepal, which is under a nationwide lockdown since March 24, has confirmed five cases of the COVID-19, which has infected 663,740 people and killed 30,879 globally.

Photo: Chinese Embassy