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19 Jun 2020 | 05:32 PM UTC

Nepal: Domestic and international flights to resume from August 1 /update 15

Nepal News Alert

Domestic and international flights to resume from August 1; confirm itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/19/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kathmandu). COUNTRY/REGION Nepal

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Event

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation announced on Friday, June 19, that it plans to resume domestic and international flights from August 1. The ministry stated that flights would resume if hygiene and social distancing measures are in place. Currently, only repatriation, rescue, cargo, and medical flights are exempt from the suspension.

The Nepalese government commenced a three-phase easing of lockdown measures on June 11, with shops permitted to open and private vehicles allowed to circulate for short journeys. The first phase is expected to last 21 days, with the final two phases lasting 15 days each.

As of June 19, authorities have confirmed 8274 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 22 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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