10 August 2020, Kathmandu
Following an upsurge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Kathmandu valley in particular and across Nepal in general, the government is likely to withdraw its previous decision of resuming domestic and international flights and long-route public buses from August 17, after the gap of over four and a half months.
A meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre on Sunday evening recommended deferring the schedule by at least 15 days. Now, a cabinet meeting to be held on Monday evening will discuss the recommendation and make a final decision, informs a minister who is also a CCMC member.
The CCMC has also suggested postponing all activities related to sports training, student enrolment, examinations and other activities. With the end of the lockdown on July 21, the government had announced to resume all such activities after August 17.
Meanwhile, the government has also been told to reduce the number of open Nepal-India border points from 20 to 10 so as to minimise the risk of infection in the bordering districts. Cross-border movement for ferrying workers and making daily purchases should also be stopped, according to the CCMC.
Mahendra Prasad Guragain, a secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, says the meeting has also decided to mobilise local governments to manage isolation wards and quarantine facilities at various places.