120 Days of Lockdown

September 18, 2020 16:00 pm

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.

Valley records highest single-day spike of 696 cases

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).

Vehicles will be allowed to ply the roads on odd-even basis

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.

The lockdown is a mistake

September 8, 2020 12:02 pm

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.

KATHMANDU, Sept 3: A large number of people gathered in Pulchowk area  for Rato Machindra chariot festival despite prohibitory orders in the Kathmandu Valley on Thursday.

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.

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The ongoing prohibitory order issued by three District Administration Offices in the Kathmandu Valley has been extended for a week, until mid-night September 2.

The CDOs likely to issue extension of ongoing prohibitory order by this evening

All eight districts in Province 2 are under lockdown amid worsening COVID-19 situation

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Amid the rising number of novel coronavirus cases (COVID-19), most districts across the country have enforced lockdown.

DHARAN/ SINDHUPALCHOWK, Aug 23: In view of rising COVID-19 cases, the district administration offices (DAOs) in Sunsari and Sindhupalchowk have extended ongoing prohibitory orders for another week.

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.

GORKHA, Aug 23: The COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC), Gorkha, has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the district for another seven days.

Suture the wound, heal Nepal

August 23, 2020 10:56 am

Last Tuesday, the government of Nepal announced another round of lockdown—this time it's called prohibitory orders—to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdown in Bhaktapur (Photos)

August 21, 2020 15:12 pm

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).

Those held were counselled about the risk of COVID-19 before their release

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: The three districts in the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, are currently under lockdown orders enforced by the district administrations from Wednesday midnight.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: People of the Kathmandu Valley on Wednesday rushed to stock the essentials after the government announced a week-long lockdown starting Wednesday midnight.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has instructed bank and financial institutions (BFIs) to provide minimum banking services during the lockdown imposed by local administrations.

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.

LAHAN, Aug 17: A COVID-19 patient died at Provincial Hospital Janakpur on Monday.

JHAPA, Aug 16: Damak Municipality in Jhapa has decided to enforce a week-long lockdown starting midnight Sunday to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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.

Worst times may be coming

August 3, 2020 12:00 pm

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.

Who will save livelihood?

August 3, 2020 09:48 am

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.

JHAPA, Aug 2: The Arjundhara Municipality of Jhapa has imposed a five-day lockdown in the municipality.

BIRATNAGAR, August 1: Amid escalation in the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in recent days, a lockdown has again been enforced for two weeks in Biratnagar starting from Saturday.

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.

ROPLA, July 24: Lockdown order in Rolpa district headquarters Liwang has been lifted after a week starting 1 PM on Friday.

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: In view of the decreasing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the government has decided to lift the nationwide lockdown from midnight Tuesday (July 21).

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.

KATHMANDU, July 19: The workers and laborers in the hotel and hospitality sector will get their minimum wages for the lockdown period.

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.