Kathmandu, Mar. 29: The government has decided to halt international flights until April 15 for prevention and control of COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting of High Level Coordination Committee to control and prevent COVID-19, held today at Singhadurbar decided to suspend all international flights until April 15.
Prior to this, the government had decided to suspend international flights from 21 to 31 March.
As the risk of the spread of virus is increasing with increasing number of COVID-19 patients, the government decided to extend the suspension of international flights until April 15.
“As the threat of the virus is increasing, the government decided to halt all international flights for some time,” said Narayan Prasad Bidari, Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
Likewise, the committee has recommended the government to extend nationwide lockdown for few more days to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers is likely to take the decision as recommended by the committee. It is reported that the lockdown is likely to be extended by another week.
With this, the lockdown will remain until April 8.
The committee has also urged the government to launch immediate relief package to address the concerns of needy people.
Earlier, the government had decided to enforce a week-long nationwide lockdown on March 23 to be implemented by the following day.
Similarly, the Nepalese stranded on the no man’s land along Nepal-India border will be allowed to enter Nepal saying that they are facing difficulties to stay there. Provincial governments and local level will have to look after them.
Nepal Rastra Banak will have to send necessary money to students abroad through their families. They will be rescued once the situation turns normal.
– The Rising Nepal/ Republica