Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Lockdown to continue, cabinet decides to extend term till May 18

 A meeting of the Council of Ministers held today has decided to extend the term of ongoing nationwide coronavirus-lockdown till May 18.

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On Tuesday, a meeting of the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, held under Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s chairmainship, had reviewed measures taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic and the impact of the ongoing lockdown, but concluded that measures taken to control the spread of coronavirus thus far had been effective.

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The length of the lockdown imposed on March 25, which was extended on April 27 was maturing on Thursday.

Ministers take part in the Cabinet meeting held at PM’s official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Wednesday, May6, 2020. Photo courtesy: PM’s Secretariat

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai told THT that a proposal was presented in the meeting to categorise areas as green, orange and red, but the PM said it was not the right time to go for relaxation of lockdown on the basis of categorisation, as COViD- 19 cases continued to rise in India and in certain districts of Nepal bordering India.

Oli told the meeting that some countries that lifted lockdown early regretted their decisions later and Nepal should avoid such a situation.

source: the himalayan times, 6 May 2020

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