COVID-19: Kathmandu Valley wears a deserted look with lockdown enforcement

24, Mar 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

With the government enforcement of nationwide lockdown, Kathmandu Valley has witnessed a deserted look

Kathmandu Valley has witnessed a deserted look with the government enforcement of lockdown in view of the possible outbreak of coronavirus.

A meeting of the High-Level Corona Control and Prevention Coordination Committee on Monday evening decided to enforce lockdown effective from March 24 (6.00 am) till March 31 (6.00 pm) to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Following the confirmation of a second COVID case in Kathmandu, the government took the decision to impose a nationwide lockdown as per Clause 2(2) of Infectious Disease Act-2020 to prevent the spread of the virus to others. It may be noted that a 19-year Nepali girl who had returned from France via QatarAirways had tested positive for COVID-19.

With the lockdown in effect, no one is allowed to leave their houses except for urgent matters such as medical emergency and purchase of consumable goods. All private and public vehicular movements have been banned except emergency vehicles, including those holding special permits, security personnel and medics.

Superintendent of Police Jeevan Kumar Shrestha, Spokesperson of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said, “With the enforcement of lockdown very few vehicles are plying on the roads of Kathmandu Valley. The vehicles carrying most-essential goods and those having pass are only operating their services.”

Quite a nominal number of people are seen walking on the road with the enforcement of no-permission for people to leave their house except for urgent matters. In case of violating the directives under lockdown, one will be sentenced to jail for up to six months or penalised Rs 600 or has to face both punitive actions.

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