The Ministry of Health and Population has issued a fresh appeal in the interest of the people in 14 districts hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid crowds.

People residing in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kaski, Rupandehi, Chitwan, Banke, Parsa, Bhaktapur, Kailali, Morang, Dang, Surkhet, Bara, and Baglung have been advised to follow necessary safety protocols to control the spread of the second wave of coronavirus infection.

In addition, the health ministry has urged the concerned authorities concerned in the aforementioned districts to shut the operating of schools for the time being.

Furthermore, the residents of these districts have been advised to not engage in night-time businesses, restaurants, clubs, sporting events, gymnasiums, religious sites, conference halls, cinema halls, theatres, shopping malls, and party venues so as to limit the risk of contracting COVID.

Hospitals have been directed to operate fever clinics and coronavirus test labs while hotel operators have been asked to keep records of all foreign tourists in detail. Foreigners are to be allowed stay only upon testing negative for the highly contagious virus,

In the same line, all hospitals have been asked to allocate 50 per cent of beds for coronavirus infected patients.

Of late, Nepal has been witnessing a steady surge in number of daily reported cases following months of decline in number of infected patients.