The authorities in Banke have stepped up precaution in the face of increasing threat of coronavirus.

As part of the precautionary measure, movement across the border has been banned and security agencies have been mobilised to enforce the order, following the District COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre's decision of yesterday.

With the ban in force, people are not allowed to go to the market across the border other than for emergency purposes and for treatment.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurumbang has also urged the public to cooperate in its campaign to prevent the spread of the virus in its seven-point decision.

People have been asked to avoid crowding, or in case of unavoidable circumstances, to maintain social distance and take other precautionary measures against the pandemic. Similarly, a decision was taken to launch a massive publicity campaign through local media and keep isolation and quarantine facilities ready. As part of the decision, while the isolation ward at Kohalpur Medical College will be made ready, the isolation ward at Bheri Hospital will be rendered more effective.

Likewise, health check-up has been made mandatory for those returning home from India, and they are required to have their personal details recorded.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.