April 26, 2021/Kathmandu-
Cabinet has decided to extend the week-long prohibitory orders issued by chief district officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur from Thursday until May 14.
The Cabinet has also decided to strictly monitor the border with neighboring India, banning foreign nationals from using Nepal as transit country and mandatory home isolation for Nepali returning home and hotel quarantine for foreign nationals until they test negative for Covid-19.
Earlier on Tuesday, chief district officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur had decided to enforce prohibitory orders for a week starting Thursday 6am.
Kathmandu Valley and some major urban cities have become the hotspot for Coronavirus infection.
Sirens of ambulances can be heard all over the cities, rushing the patients with hospitals over flooded.
“We have no other option then taking such strict measures, it’s getting critical after every passing day,” said Dhundi Prasad Niroula, chief district officer of Lalitpur.
“The second wave can be controlled only if people co-operate nicely and stay indoors,” Niraula added.
Doctors and health officials across the country have been demanding break in the transmission chain, as situation turn bad to worse.
Gatherings, cinema halls, party venues, swimming pools, shopping malls, saloons, beauty parlours, gyms, libraries, museums and zoos are not allowed to operate.
Weddings and other ceremonies are allowed with not more than 15 people.
Health protocols are strictly expected from the participants in such functions, with permission from the district administration office.
However, ambulances and vehicles carrying essential supplies like water, food, vegetables, fruits, and milk will be allowed.
Government vehicles and public service offices vehicles are allowed with passses from the concerned ministries or departments.
Shops supplying groceries and foodstuffs can open only till 10am in the morning and 5 to 7 pm in the evening.