Nepal to close all border points with India and China

22 March 2020, Kathmandu

The government of Nepal has decided to close all border points with India and China for a week beginning Monday to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

A meeting of the Cabinet held on Sunday evening first time after Prime Minister K P Oli’s kidney transplant  made the decision to this effect.

The meeting has also instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs to write to the districts sharing borders with India and China to shut down the entry points from 10 Monday morning.

However, goods will continue to be transported across the border entry points during the period.

The Cabinet’s decision on Sunday has been taken to prevent any infected person entering Nepal from its neighbors.

It should be noted that the government had on last Friday decided to close all non-essential services starting from Sunday.

Meanwhile, all international flights have been suspended from today for another 10 days.

The government has also suspended all long-distance transportation until further notice from Monday.

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