Friday, August 7, 2020

Kathmandu valley suspends all non-emergency services for 15 days

 Kathmandu Valley has suspended all non-emergency services for next one fortnight as the number of coronavirus cases has seen increament.

The three District Administration Offices (DAO) – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur – in Kathmandu valley today decided to suspend all services except emergency ones for the next 15 days, according to the notice of the Kathmandu District Administration Office.

“A meeting of the Chief District Officers (CDOs) held today decided to halt all non-emergency services in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts as a safety measure to check the rising cases of coronavirus infection in the valley,” the notice reads, adding that the meeting also decided to seal Teku and Mahabouddha areas in Kathmandu following the detection of infection in those areas. The DAOs have decided to seal the areas, where the transmission is high instead of imposing full lockdown in the valley.

The private sector has asked the government not to impose complete lockdown as the economy will bleed red. 

The meeting of the CDOs also decided to strictly enforce health guidelines and take actions against those, who do not use masks and take other mandatory safety measures. “The district administration also decided to strictly implement the odd-even rule for vehicles plying in the valley to control the crowd,” the notice reads, adding that the meeting decided to delegate the authority to concerned office chiefs to suspend services in other government offices in the valley as and when necessary.

The relevant office head can decide whether or not to suspend non-emergency services to contain coronavirus transmission at a time when the infection is increasing among the government offices.

The Valley today reported 106 new cases of novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and coronavirus death toll in the country reached to 70.

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