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Kathmandu Valley Weekly Long Lockdown From Thursday (2078/01/16)

   

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Kathmandu Valley (Nepal)

A Week-long Lockdown Form 2078/01/16


A week-long lockdown will be imposed in the Kathmandu Valley from Thursday in view of the fresh surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. The Kathmandu Valley has turned into a COVID-19 hotspot as infection rate has seen a sudden spike in the past few days. As many as 1,498 new cases were surfaced in the Valley on Sunday alone, according to officials. 


Chief district officers of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur districts in the Valley decided to impose a prohibitory order in the districts from Thursday (April 29) midnight, according to a notice issued by the authorities.



A meeting of the chief district officers held on Monday afternoon took the decision. A decision has been made to close all shops except those selling groceries and medicines and suspend the movement of private and public vehicles also. Hotels and restaurants can provide takeaway services during this period, according to officials.

The administration is preparing to tighten the rules saying that the movement of vehicles and citizens on the road has not decreased.

Kathmandu Chief District Officer Kali Prasad Parajuli told online news, "During the monitoring, some pressure of vehicles and people has been seen." We will continue to tighten it. 'A team of the District Security Committee, including Parajuli, inspected various places in Kathmandu on Saturday and got information about the implementation of the ban.

Meanwhile, the Covid 19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) has decided to allow only a quarter of the branches of banks and financial institutions to operate during the curfew to reduce traffic congestion. It has been said that one-fourth of the staff should be kept in it and that should be facilitated by Nepal Rastra Bank.

Similarly, government offices have been asked to operate with only one-fourth of the staff.

Three district administration offices in the Valley have imposed a one-year ban from Thursday to break the chain after the rate of coronavirus infection increased. The cabinet meeting has already decided to impose a ban for another year.

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