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18,000 China-aided oxygen cylinders arrive Tatopani Checkpoint

Kathmandu, May 16: The China-aided 18,000 oxygen cylinders have arrived at the Tatopani checkpoint in Sindhupalchowk district via the roadway.

According to Ganesh Pandey, press coordinator to Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinator of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre Ishwor Pokharel, those cylinders will be brought to Kathmandu once the Chinese government hands them over to Nepal.

As Nepal has been in the grip of the second wave of Covid-19, there has been a high demand for oxygen cylinders to treat the infected ones.

Earlier, 400 oxygen cylinders were flown to Nepal from China. Preparations are afoot to ferry 1,600 remaining cylinders, out of 20,000, provided by China in grant assistance, informed Pandey.

The Nepal Airlines Corporation’s wide-body aircraft, which had flown to China on Saturday, is bringing home 550 oxygen cylinders from China on Sunday.

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