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The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic hit Nepal between April and July 2021 and was substantially more devastating that the first wave. As of 31 March 2021, Nepal had been cautious over the possibility of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Surge in new cases in neighboring India was a cause of concern. Considering the frequent cross-border movement of people along the 1,800 km-long porous border, rising cases in India threatened to spill over into Nepal. This unfettered movement, together with continuation of political rallies, religious and social functions and other public activities where people congregate, resulted in the onset of the second wave in Nepal by mid-April 2021. This paper reviews some of the steps adopted by Nepal for curbing the second wave and policy lessons thereof.

The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic hit Nepal between April and July 2021 and was substantially more devastating that the first wave. As of 31 March 2021, Nepal had been cautious over the possibility of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Surge in new cases in neighboring India was a cause of concern. Considering the frequent cross-border movement of people along the 1,800 km-long porous border, rising cases in India threatened to spill over into Nepal. This unfettered movement, together with continuation of political rallies, religious and social functions and other public activities where people congregate, resulted in the onset of the second wave in Nepal by mid-April 2021. This paper reviews some of the steps adopted by Nepal for curbing the second wave and policy lessons thereof.

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