Ex-minister Baskota overstates number of Covid testing labs

Sanjog Shiwakoti / November 24, 2020

Former minister Baskota speaking at a school function in Panauti on November 23. Photo: Youtube grab

Central committee member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party and former communications minister Gokul Prasad Baskota speaking at a function at Bhaleshwar Secondary School in Panauti Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk on November 23 said:

“Currently tests for Covid are being conducted in around 97 places [in the country].” [Go to 5 mins 25 seconds into the video].

South Asia Check fact-checked Baskota’s statement and found it to be an exaggeration.

According to the daily “Situation Report #288” published by the Ministry of Health and Population on November 23, only 77 labs across the country are currently conducting tests for Covid-19. Of these, 44 are government labs and 33 are private ones. This shows Baskota’s claim is an overstatement.

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