Nepal has reported as many as 3,556 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday. According to the latest COVID-19 data released by the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), the country has so far witnessed a total of 115,358 cases of COVID-19 since the first case was detected on January 23 this year. As much as 68.3 percent of the total confirmed cases -- 78,780 patients -- have gained recovery from the viral infection while 663 others lost their lives to this deadly disease. Nepal has carried out a total of 1,207,091 real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests including 15,577 in the past one day.
Revoking its earlier decision, the government has decided to allow all public transport vehicles to carry passengers full of their capacity. A cabinet meeting held on Monday made the decision to this effect, withdrawing its earlier decision to allow public transport vehicles to carry 50 percent passengers of their total capacity. The government had earlier directed public transport entrepreneurs to keep one passenger in each side of the two-seat row and charge 50 percent extra fare from passengers as a precautionary measure to control further spread of COVID-19. Cabinet sources said the earlier decision was revoked on condition to follow all health safety protocols to avoid further transmission of COVID-19. With the new decision in place, public transport entrepreneurs are now allowed to charge normal fare from the passengers.