With infections surging, will Nepal be the next Covid-19 hotspot?

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    Nepal reported 7,388 new coronavirus cases on May 3, 2021, the highest single-day tally seen in the Himalayan country since the pandemic began. In Kathmandu, the epicentre of the nation’s latest outbreak, families of Covid-19 victims had to watch the bodies of their loved ones burn out in the open as temples and crematoriums ran out of space.

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