Kathmandu Valley shut down entire local areas till August 31:

August 25, 2020

The Kathmandu Valley decided to shut down all local governments inside this. This decision was made by a joint meeting of three district concern authorities where the shut will continue till August 31. During this time, essential services will be provided with strict health protocols.

Today, a meeting was held of Kathmandu Valley Municipality Forum that also pledged to increase contact tracing of those people who come into close contact with those contracting the virus. This forum is made of 2 metropolis, 16 municipalities and 4 rural municipalities. In the meeting, Bidya Sundar Shakya, the mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan had chaired the forum and said that the decision would likely break the chain of COVID-19 spread. Kathmandu district now has over 2,700 cases, the largest infected district in the country.

In the meeting, Madan Sundar Shrestha, secretary of the forum and Mayor of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality said that they were planning to contact-trace more than 20,000 people in the valley and place them in quarantines. Now, all 3 district administration offices of the valley have also shut their offices except for emergency tasks till August 31. Furthermore, the government is planning to resume international flights from September 1 where there is only one airport in the country that lies in the Kathmandu Valley only.

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