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Covid-19: Nepal extends lockdown until June 14

PTI Kathmandu | Updated on May 31, 2020 Published on May 31, 2020

View of Nepal’s iconic Pashupatinath temple.   -  Reuters

The Nepal government has extended the nationwide lockdown until June 14, amid a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases and has also decided to deploy the Army in the worst-hit areas.

The country on Saturday registered its highest single-day surge in coronavirus cases with 189 new infections, taking the Covid-19 tally in the country to over 1,400.

The Cabinet meeting held on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown. Meanwhile, the government has also decided to suspend all domestic and international flights until June 30.

The earlier nationwide lockdown, decreed to curtail the potential spread of Covid-19, was to end on June 2.

The government also decided to mobilise the Army to the worst-hit areas to effectively implement the lockdown.

The government would also bring home Nepalese people stranded abroad on a priority basis.

Published on May 31, 2020
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