Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi has said that the government would not enforce a lockdown despite a rise in Covid-19 cases in recent days.

The Health Minister, speaking at Nepal Health Conclave on Tuesday, stated that the possibility of a lockdown in the near future is highly unlikely. "Nepal Government will undertake necessary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus in a bid to avoid the need for another pandemic lockdown," Minister Tripathi said. "Despite the lockdown cutting down the rate of spread of the infection, its adverse effect on people and the economy cannot be ignored."

He further shared that antigen testing on border entry points have begun keeping in mind the rapid increase in daily infection cases in neoghbouring India.

However, he alerted the people to remain vigilant, careful, and to follow necessary protocol to cut down on the spread of the virus.

Earlier on Monday, Minister Tripathi, addressing the House of Representatives, had stated that the count of daily reported cases of Covid-19 in the country could reach yet another high around June.