Nepal extends lockdown until June 14, flight suspension June 30

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

Kathmandu, May 31

Amid demands from stakeholders including the Ministry of Health that the government change the modality of the nationwide lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the government has decided to extend the restriction until June 14.

However, the government has said it is open to any change in the modality and the high-level coronavirus control committee has been mandated to make a recommendation about such change.

The government has also decided to mobile the Nepal Army to control the human movement where the risk of infection is high, according to the government spokesperson, Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada.

A cabinet meeting was held on late Saturday evening to make a decision about the lockdown as the previous extension was about to expire this Tuesday.

The country is under lockdown since March 24. It was enforced for one week then.

Meanwhile, the government also decided to extend the suspension of international flights untill June 30.

However, the government has already started preparations to repatriate Nepalis stranded abroad due to the crisis. In the first phase, around 25,000 migrant workers are likely to be taken back to the country.

Published on May 31st, Sunday, 2020 4:07 AM

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