Cabinet decides to close schools in urban areas

19 April 2021, Kathmandu

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Monday morning decided to close schools in urban areas until May 14.

The cabinet meeting decided to close schools as per the recommendation of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC), said a minister privy to the meeting.

“The cabinet has decided to close schools in urban areas until May 14, but they have to run online classes during the period,” said the minister.

A COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) held on Saturday had recommended closing schools and run classes online until May 14 in view of the increasing cases of COVID-19.

The pressures have been mounting on the government to immediately take preventive measures to curb the COVID-19 since COVID-19 cases are increasing among students.

Chief District Officers of the Kathmandu Valley in a meeting of District COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (DCMC) on Sunday suggested that the schools should be closed at least for two weeks to control increasing cases of COVID-19.

On the other hand, school operators have been saying that the schools should be continued by adopting health safety measures.

As many as 435 persons have been infected with COVID-19 in the Kathmandu Valley in the last 24 hours.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there have been 326 cases in Kathmandu, 64 in Lalitpur, and 45 in Bhaktapur in the past 24 hours.

The meeting is also expected to dwell on the demands of Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP). JSP has been demanding the release of Resham Chaudhary, withdrawal of cases filed against its cadres during the Madhesh movement and amendment to the Constitution.

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