Nepalese schools to close for three weeks amid increase in Covid cases, South Asia News

In response to the increase in Covid cases in Nepal, the COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC), the government body on Sunday proposed a ban on gatherings of more than 25 people in public spaces. They also announced the closure of schools until January 29.

A CCMC meeting called in the wake of the increase in COVID infection in the country offered suggestions that should be submitted for cabinet approval to be implemented.

With the schools closing, the organization asked the Ministry of Health and Population to provide vaccines to students aged 12 to 17.

The body also decided to make vaccination cards mandatory for entering public places such as government offices, hotels, cinemas, stadiums and domestic flights, effective January 17.

As a neighboring country India is experiencing a peak in Covid cases, authorities have said the necessary arrangements will be made to make the testing process efficient at border points.

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As a result, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation was recommended to reduce flight congestion at national and international airports. The agency has made it mandatory for passengers to wear negative RT-PCR reports.

Quarantine has been made mandatory for passengers arriving and transiting through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi and Hong Kong.

Earlier, Chairman of the Maoist CPN-Center, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, along with nearly a dozen senior leaders tested positive for the deadly coronavirus which has forced key political figures, including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, to isolate yourself.

For the first time in four months, Nepal recorded more than 1,000 daily new cases of Covid on Sunday, up to 24 new Omicron cases have been confirmed in the country so far.

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