Nepal extends lockdown until April 15

File: An empty road in Kathmandu on the first day of lockdown, on March 24, 2020.

Kathmandu, April 6

The government has decided to extend the lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak by eight days, until April 15.

A Cabinet meeting held on Monday afternoon made the decision.

When the government announced the lockdown on March 23, it was said to be effective from March 24 to 31. Later, it was extended by one week, which was going to be over tomorrow.

But the government decided to extend it again as the number of coronavirus positive cases in the country continued to increase. After three positive cases were confirmed in Sudurpaschim province on Saturday, the provincial government had also requested the central government to extend the lockdown.

The high-level committee formed to control the coronavirus outbreak had also recommended the extension.

Parliament session to end

The Cabinet also decided to recommend that President Bidya Devi Bhandari end the ongoing Federal Parliament session. Of late, the meetings of both the House of Representatives and the National Assembly had been postponed frequently due to the coronavirus outbreak fears.

Adhikari appointed NRB governor 

Meanwhile, the Cabinet meeting also picked Maha Prasad Adhikari as the governor of Nepal Rastra Bank.

Earlier today, a selection panel led by Finance Minister Maha Prasad Khatiwada had recommended three including Adhikari for the position.

The position was vacant for the past three weeks after the retirement of incumbent Chiranjibi Nepal.

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