The authorities in Kanchanpur have partially closed Gaddachauki entry point in view of the growing COVID-19 cases in India.

According to SP Jivan Gurung of Gaddachauki Area Police Office, people are barred from crossing over the entry point into India. "In fact, there were very few people trying to cross over to India earlier too, but now the entry point is closed altogether for all movements to India," Gurung said, adding that Nepali nationals wishing to return home from India are, however, being allowed to come in.

Further, Gurung informed that 500 to 700 Nepalis were entering the country via the entry point every day. They have their health checked upon arrival at the border.

The local administration is doing homework to enforce a partial lockdown. Similarly, in view of the increasing threat of the virus, local levels in the district have also started closing their services.

According to sources, plans are afoot to impose a weeklong prohibitory order from Thursday. An all-party meeting chaired by Chief District Officer Khagendra Rijal took this decision today.

Earlier, a prohibitory order was enforced in Kailali and Kanchanpur from 8:00pm on Monday to 5:00am the next morning. An inter-party meeting in the presence of CDOs of Kailali and Kanchanpur took a decision to impose night-time lockdown in the districts.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 28, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.