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Nepal shuts down schools until January 29, introduces other restrictions amid new Covid-19 wave fears

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File: Children, masked, attend a class at their school amid the coronavirus infection risk, in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, January 9

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, the government has decided to shut down schools all over the country till January 29. The decision was taken by Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination Centre (CCMCC) on Sunday evening.

The centre’s spokesperson Sunita Nepal says the government asked all schools to shut down for 20 days.

“A lot of schools have given its students a winter vacation so we want to ensure that no child is leaving home during a time when cases are increasing every day,” says Nepal. “We hope this will help us break the chain.”

Nepal says the centre has spoken to all concerned ministries to implement the decision immediately.

She also adds there is a high chance that different districts would implement a smart lockdown to ensure stopping Covid-19 from spreading rapidly.

The CCMCC has also urged all students to take this chance and get vaccinated. Vaccination drive for children aged between 12 and 17 has started in the Kathmandu valley.

Other restrictions

Meanwhile, the government has introduced some other restrictions amid the rising number of cases.

Accordingly, the government has made Covid-19 vaccines mandatory since January 17 for the following services:

  • Cinema halls
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Domestic flights

Likewise, the government has restricted meetings of more than 25 people.

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