Kathmandu reintroduces coronavirus lockdown measures

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NEPAL’s capital, Kathmandu, will once again go into lockdown starting from midnight Wednesday to control the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said.

The lockdown measures prohibit all businesses except emergency services from operating and restrict the general public from stepping outside their homes unless absolutely necessary, according to an order issued by the Kathmandu District Administration Office.

The lockdown will remain in place for a week. Those defying the restrictions on public movement or not wearing a face mask could face up to one-month imprisonment, receive a fine of 100 rupees (less than one dollar), or both.

The lockdown comes hours after Nepal recorded its highest daily spike of 1,016 new cases. It takes the country’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 28,257 with 114 deaths.

Although Nepal ended its four-month lockdown last month, several cities have been reintroducing lockdown measures amid a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases. (dpa/NAN)

– Aug. 19, 2020 @ 11:19 GMT |

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