27 April, 2020
Government of Nepal has decided to extend lockdown till May 7 th of this year. The
High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19
had recommended extending lockdown with various modalities. The government
during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to
extend the lockdown period for 10 more days till May 7.
Earlier, the lockdown was extended till April 27. The country has been under
lockdown since March 24. Council of ministry has made decision to extend it till
May 7 as cases of infection is increasing. At the same time, domestic and
international flights are suspended till May 15 as a precautionary measure against
the coronavirus epidemic. This suspend was supposed to be over by April 30.
Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai told that the
committee had assessed the risk of COVID-19 infection and concluded that the
risk had not yet abated and hence the lockdown should not be lifted immediately.
Nepal's business sector is expected to suffer a loss of around USD 1.25 billion due
to the halting of economic activities during the lockdown, said Umesh Lal
Shrestha, Vice President Associate, Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce
and Industries. Nepal's tourism sector is the worst hit by the pandemic. The Hotel
Association of Nepal (HAN) has projected that the hotel business income will
decline by 90 per cent in 2020 and has asked the government to adopt immediate
measures to protect the industry.