Nepal will go into Lockdown from March 24th, 6 am for a week till March 31st 6 AM as the government tries to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The decision that was made by the high-level coordination committee for the control and prevention of COVID-19, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, comes after a 19- year old Nepali student returning from France tested positive for COVID-19. This will be the second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Nepal. First patient has already recovered. The 19 year old is being treated at the hospital in Kathmandu.
During lockdown, only essential services are allowed to ply on the road.
As reported by Myrepublica, “These 8 decisions will be implemented from 6AM tomorrow :-
- No one should go out except for medical emergencies and food purchases.
- All kinds of public and private vehicles are banned except for the permitted vehicles, and those used by medical professionals and security agencies.
- All domestic flights are halted except for the ones used by the security agencies and other designated flights.
- Related heads of offices should grant a leave except for the most essential services like health, security, food, water, milk, electricity, telecommunication, information and communication, customs, quarantine, garbage management.
- Except for drugs and health equipment manufacturing, food, water, milk, energy companies, all other private industries grant a leave to workers and staff.
- Businesses should manage ways to supply drugs and drugs-related material. Those hoarding goods, creating artificial shortage, black marketers, and obstructing supplies will be punished as per the law, and those goods will be confiscated and used in medical treatments.
- This order is implemented as per the Infectious Disease Act, 2020’s Subsection 2 of Section 2. To implement this order, all chief district officers will be mobilized and the Local administration Act, 2028 will be activated.
- Those disobeying or obstructing the order as per the Infectious Disease Act, 2020 will be punished as mentioned in the Act. “
Earlier, Nepal government had imposed a partial lockdown including banning All Air Passengers Including Nepalese to enter Nepal.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID19), many countries have taken steps to address the outbreak. According to World Health Organization (WHO), as of Friday (March 19th, 2020), 334,981 confirmed cases of the virus had been reported in 189 countries with 14642 deaths.
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