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Health Ministry officials want Kathmandu prohibitory order extended again

File: Ministry of Health

Kathmandu, September 9

The Ministry of Health and Population has recommended for the extension of the prohibitory order imposed in Kathmandu valley again, for at least seven days.

The ministry’s suggestion comes at a time when stakeholders and public are divided on whether to extend the prohibitory order considering the risk of coronavirus infection or to end it considering people’s difficulties in daily lives due to the order.

The prohibitory order is in effect in the capital for the past three weeks.

Chief district officers of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur are expected to make a decision about the issue today.

The ministry’s chief expert Mahendra Prasad Shrestha says the prohibitory order should be extended as the risk level has not decreased in the valley.

He informs the ministry has set a standard that districts with more than 200 active Covid-19 cases should go on the lockdown whereas those with more than 500 cases should go for the prohibitory order. Currently, Kathmandu and Lalitpur have more than 500 active cases each.

“But, we are not the decision making body,” he says.

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