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Lock Down extended until April 7 midnight, ban on international flights until April 15

The high-level of coordination committee decided on Sunday to extend the nationwide lockdown by a week, until April 7 midnight, and the ban on international flights until April 15.

The high-level of committee for the control and prevention of Covid-19, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, took the decisions in view of the rising in the number of new cases of Covid-19, according to a government official.

“We have reviewed reports from the ground level and our preparations to tackle the situation, and decided to extend the present lock down by a week,” the official who was present at the meeting told.

The government had earlier enforced a nationwide weeklong lockdown from Tuesday (March 24), a day after a 19-year-old student returning from France via Qatar Air tested positive for Covid-19. So far till now, Nepal has reported five Covid-19 cases, two live.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry said another 19-year-old woman who returned from Belgium tested with positive result for the corona virus. She had shared the same flight from Qatar with one another who had returned from France.

Two other cases are men—one 32-year-old from Dhading and another 34-year-old man from Dhangadhi—who had returned from Sharjah and Dubai.

Earlier, the ban on international flights was applicable until March 31.

The meeting also decided to allow Nepalese stranded on Nepal-India border to enter Nepal with the condition that they mandatory to stay in quarantine for 14days. Hundreds of Nepalese living and working in India are currently stranded on the Indian side with the Nepal government decision last week to completely restrict people’s movements through borders with India and China.

Those stranded Nepalese have for long been calling on the government to ensure their return.

Mr. Pokhrel-led committee has also decided to take action against those who have returned from foreign countries but refused to report about their arrival and self-quarantine.

“Such individuals will face action as per Infectious Disease Act,” said the official.

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