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The Nepalese government has not issued any formal restraining orders against Coronil, based in Patanjali in Ayurveda, a spokesperson for the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Yoga Guru Ramdev introduced Ayurveda-based Coronil tablets on June 23 last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak in India.

Health Ministry spokesman Dr Krishna Prasad Poudyal refuted media reports that the Nepalese government banned Coronil in the country.

“The government has not issued any formal prohibition orders against the drug,” he said.

He said any kind of drugs that are supposed to be distributed to the general public must first be registered with the Department of Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health and Population.

A package of Coronil was offered to then Nepalese health minister Hridayesh Tripathi some time ago, Poudyal said.

“Other than that, I have no information about it,” he added.

There is no evidence Coronil can cure corona disease, a health ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

There are many Ayurvedic medicines available in Nepal which can boost the immunity of individuals and can also help get rid of corona infection. However, the World Health Organization has yet to approve any drugs that can cure corona, he added.

Last month, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth to remove ‘misleading’ advertising from all platforms endorsing ‘Coronil kit’, a product of his company, as a drug effective for COVID-19, failing which he said an FIR and criminal case will be filed against Ramdev.

Nepal reported 3,870 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,95,364. The health ministry also said 108 new deaths had been reported, including figures from the past few days based on the statistics of the Nepalese army.

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