KATHMANDU, APRIL 29
A 15-day prohibitory order has been enforced in the Kathmandu valley effective from 6:00 am today, as daily reported cases of Covid-19 have been sharply escalating in the three districts in recent days.
Security personnel have been deployed across several road sections early on Thursday to ensure that the regulations are strictly in place.
Authorities had taken the decision to impose restrictive measures in the valley as there were signs of the slowing down of the highly contagious infection with multiple variants in co-existence across the globe, and in Nepal.
Chief District Officers of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, as such, on April 26, Monday, had issued an order to impose week-long prohibitory order in these three highly affected districts in a bid to contain the fast spreading rate of the contagion.
However, the Council of Minister, stating that a week would not suffice to take adequate measures to control the spread, directed the district authorities to extend the prohibition period by at least one more week later in the day.
The Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre on Sunday had recommended the government to authorise district authorities to take a decision on mechanisms to address the worsening situation.
Authotities have specified areas of operations for various sectors regarding what will resume, what will partially commence and what will be completely suspended for as long as the new regulations are in place.
On Wednesday, Kathmandu valley saw reported number of coronavirus infections in excess of 2000 while the country logged 4,477 cases on the same day.
Currently, there are over 30,000 active cases of the infection in the country while the Covid-19 death toll has surpassed 3200 as the total count moved to 312,699.