With the resurgence of coronavirus cases after the Nepali Government had lifted the nationwide lockdown, the health experts suggested the government take necessary steps to check the coronavirus spread.
At a meeting with PM Oli to discuss further steps to contain the spread of Covid-19, the public health experts suggested the government to reimpose lockdown to ensure the pandemic is checked.
However, they urged the government to identify the affected zones before restricting the movement of the people. The experts exclaimed that reimposing nationwide lockdown may not contain the spread unless the government increases coronavirus testing scope.
“There has been community transmission in several parts of the country. The government needs to restrict movement only in such places for at least 15 days to curb the spread of the virus. The government needs to increase the ambit of testing in the affected regions to know about the COVID-19 situation,” said Dr. Rabindra Pandey, a public health expert.
Meanwhile, some of the invitees suggested the government impose curfew in hotspots and implement strict safety and security measures rather than imposing lockdown.
Along with the health experts, leaders of the opposition parties including Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, Janata Samajwadi Party chair Mahanta Thakur and the members of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) were present at the meeting.
After taking suggestions from the experts, PM Oli said that the suggestions would be discussed with the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) and other concerned authorities before making a final decision.
There has been a sudden rise in coronavirus cases across the country including the capital city. Around 62 COVID-19 cases were reported in the Kathmandu valley alone on August 4.
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