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Priyasha Maharjan

The author is the Co-founder of Samartha Nepal’s program Janata Clinic

The lockdown is a mistake

Published On: September 8, 2020 12:02 PM NPT By: Priyasha Maharjan

Nepal was quick to follow the international trend of imposing restrictions to contain COVID-19 infection soon after reporting a few coronavirus cases. Starting with restrictions on international air-travel on March 22 to sealing land borders with India and announcing a nation-wide lockdown on March 24, Nepal’s strategy to prevent spread of the coronavirus and flattening the disease curve was well appreciated until collateral damages started becoming visible. The demerits of the decision easily exceeded its benefits to a point that many public health and other experts now state the lockdown was a mistake.