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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Disease Affected in Nepal

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Disease also Affected in Nepal. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Nepal has started testing vulnerable groups in high-risk areas. The government is focussing its tests on western Nepal and tarai districts where there have been returning migrant workers from India. Although the border is supposed to be closed it is still possible for people to slip through.

Nepal Government Lockdown:
The Government of Nepal announced on May 30th, 2020 (17 Jestha 2077) an extension to the nationwide lockdown until June 14, 2020 (32 Jestha 2077). Per the lockdown order all residents and visitors in Kathmandu are required to remain in their place of residence. All movement on the roads, by vehicle and on foot, is currently prohibited with very limited life safety exceptions but it had also decided to relax rules on manufacturing, industries and banking sectors. These would be partially opened with certain restrictions on distancing and health monitoring of workers, and that the decision about opening up would be done in coordination with local governments. 

The industries included in the list are: food production and processing, dairies, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment manufacturers, water supply, brick kilns, livestock and fisheries, feed industries, sugar, tea and LPG. Also to be opened will be noodles industries, bakeries, poultry, dairy, and processing of other agricultural products.

Among the non-food industries to be relaxed are cement, paint, plywood, plastic pipes, sand and crushers, steel and electrical equipment.

However, the following rules apply: factories cannot have more than ten workers in one place at a time, and workers get health check-ups daily. For the time being, workers also need to stay in dorms, and eat in canteens at their workplaces, without coming in contact with local people or family members.

Nepal Government Flight Suspension: The government has suspended regular international and domestic flights until June 30th, 2020 (16 Asadh 2077). If the Embassy becomes aware of flight availability, such information will be posted on this webpage. Additional information may be available through the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

Trekking Permits Suspended: The Nepal Tourism Board announced on March 20 that the issuance of Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) cards will be suspended until further notice.

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