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Kathmandu: Nepal banned all international flights on Wednesday (May 2) from midnight on Monday (May 3) and Wednesday (May 5) from midnight to May 14 amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi told the Kathmandu Post: “The decision on the flight ban is by May 14. “However, charter flights will be allowed.” Nepal has also made quarantine mandatory for everyone coming into the country.

Foreigners flying in the Kathmandu Valley are required to have a 10-day stay in hotels upon arrival.

Negative polymerase chain reaction test results obtained within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin for entry into Nepal. Bus services have been suspended since Thursday (April 29), according to the Kathmandu Post.

Prior to the cabinet decision, the country’s civil aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, had decided to implement a fixed quota system for airlines to restrict the number of flights.

“The whole country is going into lockdown and the two-week circuit breaker is a wise decision,” Buddha Air managing director Birendra Bahadur Basnet told the Kathmandu Post.

“If we don’t take action now, we will regret it.” 29 April Preel Nepal imposed a two-week restraining order in the Kathmandu Valley as the three districts of the valley કા Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur સૌથી are most affected by the epidemic. Conditions for the number of daily cases, the Kathmandu Post noted.

According to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, local airports saw an all-time record of 15,263 passengers in the Kathmandu Valley on April 28, a day before the curfew was imposed, as people departed. The capital city.

However, the number of passengers slowly started coming down and reached 7,225 on Sunday (May 2).

Nepal on Sunday (May 2) saw the highest one-day increase in coronavirus cases since the onset of the epidemic in January last year.

The polymerase chain reaction test reported 7,137 new cases in the country and 74 cases in antigen tests. The death toll has risen to 3,325, with 27 new casualties from COVID-19-related complications.

The number of infections across the country has reached 36,030, with the number of active cases being 48,711. The highest number of daily cases before Sunday last year was reported on October 21 last year when 5,743 cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in a single day in the country, according to the Kathmandu Post.

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