Nepal on Monday witnessed as many as 3,790 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). With this, Nepal’s COVID-19 tally has jumped to 136,036 which includes 94,501recoveries and 757 Fatalities. Meanwhile, the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley confirmed 2,388 additional cases taking the total number to 57,270. Of the cases detected on Monday, Kathmandu district alone recorded 2,008 cases while 281 in Lalitpur and 99 others in Bhaktapur were diagnosed with this disease.
The government has given additional powers to Chief District Officers (CDOs) to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to Minister for Communications and Information Technology Parbat Gurung, the CDOs are given powers to regulate, manage and control inter-district vehicular movement in the district that has more than 200 active cases of COVID-19 and suspend any works or services in the entire district or in parts of the district that has more than 500 active COVID-19 cases. Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Kathmandu Valley and various other districts in the country, the government has decided to develop the existing quarantine facilities as isolation centers. The cabinet meeting also decided to make necessary arrangements to operate the electric crematorium in Pashupati Aryaghat premises on a clock basis amid rising number of COVID-19 related deaths, according to Minister for Communications and Information Technology Parbat Gurung.
The government has decided to restore the fares for short- and long-distance public transportation services. A Cabinet meeting held on October 12 took the decision to retain the fare rates which were in practice before March 24, according to the government spokesperson and Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Parbat Gurung. The government had enforced the nationwide lockdown effective from the same day. Transportation operators are not allowed to collect any additional charges from the passengers, spokesperson Gurung added. The long-haul public transportation had resumed effective from September 17 though the lockdown was lifted on July 21 earlier this year.