BIRATNAGAR, Aug 4: Following the footsteps of Biratnagar Metropolitan City and Belaka Municipality, three more local bodies of Province 1 have imposed lockdown orders. The measure has been taken to step the community transmission of Coronavirus.
Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City has decided to impose a five-day-long lockdown starting from Tuesday midnight. An emergency meeting held at Itahari Hospital on Tuesday afternoon led by Mayor Dwariklal Chaudhary decided to this effect.
Deputy Mayor Laxmi Gautam said all businesses and activities other than emergency sectors are prohibited to function. So far, 23 people have tested positive in Itahari. The pandemic patients include an engineer at the Planning Section of the Sub-Metropolis. Following the positive result of an employee, Itahari has already sealed all offices of the local government since July 30.
Likewise, the Duhabi Municipality has ordered a lockdown starting from today after making a formal decision in the morning. Mayor Bed Gachchadar said the lockdown would continue until August 18. All emergencies activities would go unhindered, informed Gachchadar. Rs. 5000 fine is announced for the lockdown defaulters. He added, ‘Thoroughfares would be run only between 8 am to 1 pm every day.’ Mayor Gachchadar said four locals have tested COVID-19 positive.
Inaruwa Municipality has also announced a lockdown. The lockdown would be in place until August 10. Inaruwa decided to impose lockdown after three people including two policemen and a businessman tested positive to the deadly virus.
The lockdown order was enforced for 14 days by Biratnagar since August 1. Before that, Belaka Municipality announced lockdown in the marketplaces of Rampur since July end.
According to the Corona Information Desk of the Province 1 Government, as of Tuesday evening, 1,171 people including 973 male and 198 female have tested positive so far to the virus. Among the infected, 830 including 696 male and 134 female have recovered.