Nepal braces for a return to locked-down life as COVID-19 cases rise

Three weeks after lifting the lockdown, the Nepalese government has given local administrations and governments the authority to decide on restrictions and lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Aug 12, 2020
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Three weeks after lifting the lockdown, the Nepalese government has given local administrations and governments the authority to decide on restrictions and lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

“The districts with more than 200 active cases of coronavirus can impose necessary restrictions. We have not imposed the nationwide lockdown and the Cabinet has decided not to,” said Finance and Information and Communication Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada, making public the government’s decisions on COVID-19 containment on Tuesday.

The restriction orders, however, could lead to similar situations as lockdown at some places, according to Khatiwada.

Other containment measures include restrictions on domestic and international passenger flights until August 31. The government had announced on July 20 that flights, both domestic and international, would be allowed from August 17.

Long distance buses will now be allowed to ply from September 1.

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