Republica's photographers chronicled the lives of people across the country during the first nationwide lockdown. These photos capture the struggles, hardships and the pain of the people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to document these challenging times in our nation's history.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday congratulated entrants to Hold Still, a photography project launched by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to capture a snapshot of the nation in coronavirus lockdown.
Experts have frequently questioned the effectiveness of the months-long lockdown and criticized the government for its 'inefficiency' to tackle the pandemic as the country has started witnessing more than 1,000 new cases almost every day.
KATHMANDU, Sept 10: A video of Subhadra (Sarswati) Mainali blasting Nepal Police went viral on social media on Sunday. In the 30-second video, Mainali angrily complains that a female police inspector took away her weighing equipment (Taraju and Dhaak).
KATHMANDU, Sept 8: A meeting of the chief district officers (CDOs) of the three districts in Kathmandu Valley held on Tuesday to take decision on the extension of the ongoing prohibitory order ended inconclusively.
KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Chief district officers (CDOs) of the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley are holding a meeting on Tuesday afternoon to decide whether to extend the ongoing prohibitory orders in the Valley.
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.
LONDON, Sept 1: Schools in England and Wales will finally reopen on Tuesday to all students for a new term after the COVID-19 pandemic forced their closure, leading to cancelled exams and throwing student grades into chaos.
KATHMANDU, Aug 27: The prohibitory orders issued in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur - that were due to expire on Wednesday midnight have been extended by a week to curb the further spread of COVID-19 in the valley.
KAPILVASTU/ DOLKHA, Aug 23: The district administration offices (DAOs) in Kapilvastu and Dolkha have extended the ongoing prohibitory orders in the districts owing to the rising risk of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of late.
BHAKTAPUR, Aug 21: The District Administration Offices (DAOs) of three districts in the Kathmandu Valley --- Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur--- have enforced week-long prohibitory orders starting Wednesday midnight in a bid to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
KATHMANDU, Aug 20: Local administration in three districts of the Kathmandu Valley have enforced the prohibitory order for the next seven days starting Wednesday midnight after a sudden spike in the cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
KASKI, Aug 19: Local administration in Kaski has issued a prohibitory order across the district to contain further spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The prohibitory order enforced since Tuesday midnight will remain in effect for the next five days.
KATHMANDU, Aug 18: When the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, Nepal had only 600 life-saving ventilator machines – a crucial medical equipment for keeping critical coronavirus patients alive. Of the 600 machines, 25 percent of the machines were defunct.
BHAKTAPUR, Aug 16: After witnessing the novel coronavirus disease in the Municipality, Madhyapur Thimi Municipality has decided to suspend all kinds of activities except the emergency ones from Sunday.
KATHMANDU, Aug 11: As COVID-19 ravages villages and cities, the federal and provincial governments are taking strict measures to curb the spread of the virus. All the seven provinces have imposed a lockdown of some sort in their respective places. Earlier, the government had eased 120-day lockdown on July 21.
KATHMANDU, Aug 8: The Kotal tole (locality) in Kathmandu Metropolis-5 has been sealed off in view of the growing risk of the coronavirus infection. Ward chair Ramesh Dangol said that at least 10 people in the area so far have tested positive for the virus.
KATHMANDU, Aug 7: Despite some selling pressure seen early in the morning, buyers negated the sellers as the Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) index closed almost unchanged at 1,381.38 points on Thursday. The benchmark index suffered a modest loss of 1.29 points.
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.
The Covid-19 has affected the whole world. Even the most developed countries seem to be struggling to reduce its impact. The situation is worse in underdeveloped countries like Nepal. In Nepal, Covid-19 has affected all sectors—bank, tourism, trade, industry, education and aviation. The supply chain of raw materials, vegetables and other food items has been disrupted. We don't know how deep the economic fallout will be.
The lockdown had just started.
That afternoon, a raggedly old man with a heavy load of corn stacks approached me on a desolate road in our neighbourhood, with his face—and perhaps his whole body—running a sweat.
KATHMANDU, July 27: In what is a shocking revelation on mental health crisis, the data compiled by the Nepal Police shows that more than 2,000 people committed suicide during the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
KATHMANDU, July 27: Nepal’s leading online marketplace, Daraz, is making shopping fun again with its first major shopping campaign after the lockdown called Daraz Mahabachat Bazar starting from July 27 to August 4.
INARUWA, July 25: Inaruwa municipality has enforced lockdown from Saturday onward following the detection of a COVID-19 case, said the Sunsari District Administration Office. It may be noted that the government lifted almost a four-month-long nationwide lockdown on July 22.
KATHMANDU, July 23: Paddy transplantation has been completed on 91.68 percent of the country's rice fields as of Wednesday, thanks to the timely and adequate rainfall the country receives this time and the easy availability of manpower in the agriculture fields due to the lockdown and coronavirus.
KATHMANDU, July 21: The government has decided to allow the hotels and restaurants to resume their businesses and services which remained halted following the enforcement of the nationwide lockdown on March 24.
Aviation industry was witnessing astounding growth making most companies in the industry financially profitable and thriving. This indicated that future was promising for the travel industry and many other supporting sectors. However, the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has left tourism industry hardest hit leaving many jobless and devastating even strong economies like the US and China. In its first 20-year passenger growth forecast, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had projected that passenger numbers will reach a staggering 7.3 billion by 2034. To cope with that rising demand, airlines were offering more flights, adding more routes and were expanding their services to attract more customers.
KATHMANDU, July 16: Citing the ongoing crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the private schools haven’t paid their staff for over six months now. Some schools have even asked their teachers and staff to go on unpaid leave. Some teachers and staff have even criticized schools ousting them from their jobs. Till this day, 300 teachers from schools across the country have been asked to go on unpaid leave, leaving them unemployed and frustrated.
KATHMANDU, July 16: Bank and financial institutions (BFIs) have decided to discontinue the waiver on fees and other charges on electronic transactions including inter-bank ATM cash withdrawal that it had provided to their clients during the lockdown period.