Nepal Enters a 15-Day Lockdown as COVID-19 Infections Spike

Nepal’s capital Kathmandu and other major towns and cities of the Himalayan nation have started imposing a 15-day lockdown on Thursday as national and local government authorities attempt to curb the spiking number of coronavirus infections in the country.

Offices and markets located in main cities and towns were forced to remain close during the lockdown. 

Police also installed many checkpoints across Kathmandu and other surrounding districts to inspect and stop drivers and pedestrians.

Many vehicles were also forced off the streets and impounded in Kathmandu for violating the implemented restrictive rules.

According to Kali Prasad Parajuli, chief district officer of Kathmandu, the lockdown will remain effective for a week or can be extended if officials and health authorities still would not see the number of cases dropping.

“The prohibitory order can be extended by at least one week depending on the COVID-19 situation,” Paraajuli said in a statement.

In Nepal, the health ministry announced that there are about 313,000 total COVID-19 infections, including more than 30,200 active cases across the entire country, while 3,211 individuals have died from the disease.

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