COVID-19: Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha border point between Nepal and India closed for one week
March 22, 2020 07:10 PM NPT
By: Arjun Oli
NEPALGUNJ, March 22: In an attempt to prevent the outbreak of novel coronavirus, Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha border point between Nepal and India has been sealed for one week.
Chief District Office of Banke Kumar Bahadur Khadka informed that the border point will remain closed for seven days starting from 11 am on Sunday. “During this period, cross border movement has been restricted,” CDO Khadka told Republica Online.
The local administration closed the border in line with the Federal Government's decision, according to Khadka.
At a time when COVID-19 is spreading in various parts of India, Nepalis nationals who are there for employment and treatment purposes have been returning to Nepal via this entry point. Along with Nepalis, Indians are also flocking to the Nepali side.
Keeping in mind the influx of Nepali and Indian nationals to Nepal, the local people were demanding the government to close the border point with immediate effect.