KATHMANDU, July 31: As many as 200,000 people faced punishment as of Friday after they were found defying government order to wear facemask in the public, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).
In the bid to contain further spread of coronavirus, the government of Nepal has made it mandatory for people to wear facemask while going in public. Those defying the order are subject to jail term of one month or fine not exceeding Rs 100, or both.
According to the Health Ministry’s Spokesperson Dr Jageshwar Gautam, some 16,000 facemasks were distributed to the public for free of cost.
The Health Ministry has urged all to take proper precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 like washing hands frequently with soap and water for more than 20 seconds, maintaining social distancing, avoiding public gathering and wearing facemask while going in the public.