Lockdown to continue, cabinet extends term till May 18

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Council of Ministers held today has decided to extend the term of ongoing nationwide coronavirus-lockdown till May 18.

On Tuesday, a meeting of the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, held under Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's chairmanship, had reviewed measures taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic and the impact of the ongoing lockdown, but concluded that measures taken to control the spread of coronavirus thus far had been effective.

It was decided in the committee meeting to recommend the government to further extend the lockdown, a minister said.

The length of the lockdown imposed on March 24, which saw the most recent extension on April 27, was maturing on Thursday.

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With this decision, Nepal will be under lockdown for almost two months until a different modality of rules and restrictions is decided upon.