Nepali Netizens Call Out British Tabloid Daily Mail For Misleading 'Nepali Strain' Article
As of today, more than 7,500 Nepalis have lost their lives to the pandemic. Over the last week, on average, 4 Nepalis have been dying of Covid-19 every hour — that’s 4 families destroyed, 4 friend circles devastated, and countless tears shed every hour. While our little corner of the world is going through this nightmarish reality, British tabloid paper, Daily Mail has very different concerns.
Viewed from the inside of their safe, entitled bubble of privilege, Daily Mail failed to see all the death and chaos that’s bleeding our nation. All they saw was a hurdle to their vacation, a tiny inconvenience, a killjoy at best.
It feels absolute unfair and inhuman to see this news headline on @MailOnline @DailyMailUK when Nepal is still undergoing trauma, deaths & shaken health system due to pandemic. People forget the most fundamental essence of humanity. #uk #holiday #worry pic.twitter.com/oHTyGbQpsF— prasuna kadel (@kadel_prasuna) June 3, 2021
Apart from the painfully tone deaf headline, the news piece also made claims about the supposedly new ‘Nepali variant’ of the coronavirus.
“Scientists have alerted ministers to the mutant strain – thought to have originated in Nepal – which has apparently spread to Europe. They fear the strain is resistant to vaccines.”
WHO, however, was quick to refute this claim on Twitter.
WHO is not aware of any new variant of SARS-CoV-2 being detected in Nepal. The 3⃣confirmed variants in circulation are: Alpha (B.1.1.7), Delta (B.1.617.2) and Kappa (B.1.617.1). The predominant variant currently in circulation in Nepal is Delta (B.1.617.2).@mohpnep @PandavRajesh— WHO Nepal (@WHONepal) June 3, 2021
Meanwhile, netizens from around the world didn’t hold back from calling out Daily Mail on their problematic and unfounded reporting of the news.
Dear @MailOnline— प्रज्ज्वल फुयाल (@PrazwolPhuyal1) June 3, 2021
THERE IS NO "NEPAL VARIANT"
Have some shame. We are a poor country fighting tooth and nail against this deadly virus. Coming up with this garbage at this time is the lowest of low. Disgraceful
A Nepali@WHONepal @WHO https://t.co/XTYdAWUgwH
My people have seen death left, right, and center for the past two months. Many have been robbed off their capacity to breath and their rights to healthcare. But yes, I’m extremely sorry to hear that we’ve threatened your holidays, which obviously matters more. https://t.co/ZE3mTBdZTa— Prasiddhi Shrestha (@Prasiddhi_S) June 3, 2021
I’m more concerned about the Daily Mail Variant #Nepal— jon potts (@jabberwocky43) June 3, 2021
Sometimes I am ashamed to be a qualified journalist when @MailOnline comes out with more disgraceful scaremongering garbage about the ‘Nepal Variant’ . Just stop it. Please.— Jeff Stelling (@JeffStelling) June 2, 2021
Daily Mail should be held to account on this Nepal Variant publication.— S H A U N 💙 (@chknnuggiesplss) June 3, 2021
"The Nepal variant, as reported by the Daily Mail, does not exist" WHO says. Looking forward to the Daily Mail being removed from Twitter for spreading dangerous Covid lies.— Richard Vranch (@richardvranch) June 3, 2021
Not only does such careless reporting attack the sentiments of people going through a crisis, it also attacks the very integrity of journalism. It weakens the trust amongst the general public. What's your take on the matter? Should Daily Mail apologize to Nepal? Follow Yeti Yap and voice your opinions in the comments section.