14 districts ‘extremely affected’ by second wave of COVID-19, students urged not to go to school

Published On: April 15, 2021 07:20 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 15: A total of 14 districts across the country including the Kathmandu Valley have been extremely affected by the second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the government.

Issuing a public statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) classified 14 districts as the most affected by COVID-19’s new wave. The list includes Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kaski, Rupandehi, Chitwan, Banke, Parsa, Kailali, Morang, Dang, Surkhet, Bara and Banglung.

The ministry also asked students not to go to schools in these districts owing to the rapid COVID-19 infection rate of late. A secretary-level meeting held on Thursday, however, did not take any decision regarding the closure of educational institutions nor did it direct them to shut down amid massive spike in new cases of COVID-19.

According to Dr Samir Adhikari, assistant spokesperson for the ministry, the people are urged not to go to restaurants and clubs after 7PM. Similarly, going to sports activities, gymnasiums, public worship at temples, fairs, conferences, meetings and gatherings, cinemas, shopping malls, theatres, party palaces, health clubs, and swimming pools is to be avoided.

The ministry’s Health Emergency Operation Center hinted at closing down the places where large crowds are formed.

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