Nepal extends lock down till May 18

Nepal Police arrest people on streets for violating the government order

Nepal government has decided to extend the lockdown in progress, even there are no new cases reported for the last four weeks. The extension is up to May 18 and the suspension of domestic flights will resume til May 31st…Asian Lite News reports

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yubaraj Khatiwada said that the government also decided to keep all border entry points shut till May 31 to stem the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, reports The Himalayan Times.

Nepal Police arrest people on the streets for violating the government order(File image)

As per the government’s decision, transportation of essential goods, including food items and medicines, will remain unaffected. Basic banking services and industries will also remain open.

The government has, however, warned that if anybody violated the lockdown, crossed into Nepal or gave shelter to foreigners, then they would be punished. Also on Wednesday, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Rameshwar Ray Yadav told The Himalayan Times that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to extend the lockdown, saying the risk of infection in Nepal had not diminished, as COVID-19 cases continued to rise in some Tarai districts bordering India.

The nationwide lockdown first came into effect on March 24 when the second coronavirus case was reported in Kathmandu.
Since then the government has extended the lockdown several times to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic which has so far infected 99 people in Nepal with no fatalities.