JERUSALEM, Feb 7: Israel has started to ease restrictions nearly six weeks after entering its third nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

BERLIN, Dec 21: A growing list of European Union nations and Canada barred travel from the U.K. on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent.

SYDNEY, Dec 19: Around a quarter of a million people in Sydney’s northern beach suburbs were ordered on Saturday into a strict lockdown until midnight on Wednesday in an effort to contain a coronavirus cluster which authorities fear may spread across the city.

SEOUL, Dec 17: South Korea reported a record number of coronavirus deaths on Thursday as the country’s biggest wave of infections since the start of the pandemic strained hospital resources and sparked panic buying in anticipation of a harsh new lockdown.

Nepal saw massive spike in food imports

December 6, 2020 19:45 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Import of food items has surged by 64 percent in the last seven months since the first nationwide in March.

From fast food to fine dining, some restaurants in Britain are relying on home kits to keep them afloat during lockdown, turning clients into cooks who recreate favorite meals in the comfort of their own kitchens.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The Valley Municipal Forum (VMF) has recommended to the government to impose a strict lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley to control the rising COVID-19 infection.

LONDON, Nov 1: Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the United Kingdom passed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.

LONDON, Nov 1: Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the United Kingdom passed the milestone of one million COVID-19 cases and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.

Republica Morning Brief: Oct 12

October 12, 2020 06:00 am

​As COVID-19 cases are making new records every day, the government on Sunday “hinted” at imposing lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

Govt hints at enforcing lockdown again

October 12, 2020 03:39 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 12: As COVID-19 cases are making new records every day, the government on Sunday “hinted” at imposing lockdown again to curb the further spread of the virus.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Office on Wednesday seized expired food worth around Rs 1 million from Medliz Traders, a retail store operating in Kalopul, Kathmandu.

TANAHU, Oct 8: A family in Tanahu district has been compelled to live in a cave due to poverty.

420 rape cases registered

Avoiding a climate lockdown

September 25, 2020 16:20 pm

As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again—this time to tackle a climate emergency.

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).


August 20, 2020 19:00 pm

The Week in Pictures for the week May 3-9, 2020.

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.