Council of Ministers recommend further extension of the order by one week


A meeting of the Council of Ministers, held Monday, has recommended for the extension of prohibitory orders in the three districts of Kathmandu Valley.

The District Administration Offices (DAOs) of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, on Monday, had issued prohibitory orders for a duration of one week effective from April 29. The meeting decided to shut all but emergency services in the valley keeping in mind the sharp spike in daily reported cases of Covid-19 in all the three districts.

However, the Cabinet reached the conclusion that one week would not be enough to break the chain of the second wave of coronavirus infection that has spread in many districts of the country, with the three valley districts being among the highly affected ones. Therefore, it has forwarded the recommendation that the prohibitory order be extended by a week.

As per the official statement issued by the three DAOs yesterday, restrictive measures will come into effect from 6:00 am on April 29, Thursday, and last until 12:00 am on May 5, Wednesday.

Meanwhile Sunday's meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre had recommended to the Council of Ministers to authorise concerned District Covid-19 Crisis Management Centres to issue prohibitory orders in sparsely populated areas that have over 200 live cases, and in densely populated areas that have over 500 active infections.

The authority of issuing the prohibitory orders has been handed over to local administrations, and the federal Cabinet has stated that the local authorities can extend it for up to 15 days as per the districts' requirement to contain the transmission.

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