Kathmandu, April 6
Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi says that the government will not be enforcing a lockdown even though Covid-19 cases have been on the rise in the past week.
Speaking at Nepal Health Conclave on Tuesday, Minister Tripathi said that it was highly unlikely that a lockdown would be ever being enforced in Nepal in the near future.
He added that the government was ready to take all measures to prevent the spread of the virus in order to make sure that the country does not have to be locked down again.
“We know that the lockdown will help prevent the spread of the virus. However, we also understand its longing effect on people and the economy,” he said.
With the number of cases rising in India, Tripathi said that the government had started antigen testing on border areas. Along with that, he said that quarantine facilities had also been set up in these areas and asked people not be panic.
“We are aware of what is happening in India. But, there is no need to panic,” he said. “The government wants the people to stay alert and be careful as everyone needs to come together if we want to defeat the virus.”