With the easing of lockdown, COVID-19 infection rate has increased in Jhapa. In view of the growing infection, Kankai Municipality has sealed the municipality from tomorrow for a week issuing a notice.

The municipality has urged banks and financial institutions, and other businesses to close during the period. "All but emergency services from the municipal and ward offices have been halted," said Kankai Municipality Chief Administrative Officer Hari Prasad Mishra, adding the decision to seal the municipality was taken as infection rate was going up in all the wards.

Similarly, Shanischare bazaar of Arjundhara Municipality has also been closed for a week, citing the fast spreading COVID infection.

According to Arjundhara-8 Ward Chair Gopichandra Gautam, the bazaar will remain closed from tonight until next Friday. The ward office published a notice towards this effect today.

"The decision to close the bazaar was taken following a discussion with all the stakeholders," said Ward Chair Gautam, adding the bazaar and the surrounding areas would be completely closed during the one week period time.

Meanwhile, District Health Office, Jhapa, focal person Jivan Chaulagain said 361 new infection cases were added today in the district.

A total of 803 persons tested for the virus in PCR and antigen methods. Today itself, three persons died from COVID in the district, pushing the total COVID-related deaths in the district to 291.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 24 2021, of The Himalayan Times.