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26 mars 2020 | 02h49 UTC

Nepal: Government announces nationwide lockdown from March 24-31 /update 4

Nepal Alerte de sécurité

Nepalese government announces nationwide lockdown from March 24-31 and suspends all international flights from March 22; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/3/2020, 12h00 until 31/3/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Kathmandu). COUNTRY/REGION Nepal

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Nepal's government has announced a nationwide lockdown from 06:00 (local time) on Tuesday, March 24, until 06:00 on Tuesday, March 31, following confirmation of the country's second case of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All individuals have been instructed to stay at home while all non-essential services and manufacturing will be closed. However, citizens can leave their homes to seek medical attention and to purchase food. Nepal has also closed all its borders with India and China for one week from 10:00 (local time) on Monday, March 23, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, a suspension on all international flights remains in place from Sunday, March 22, until Tuesday, March 31. In addition, all long-distance public buses will be suspended from March 23 until further notice. Authorities have also closed all government services and private offices until Friday, April 3, as a precautionary measure. Schools, colleges, and universities are shut until Sunday, April 12, and gatherings of more than 25 people, including at cinemas, gyms, museums, and places of worship, are prohibited. To date, the Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in Nepal.

Authorities in Kathmandu has advised the public to call 1180 if they know of anyone suspected to be infected with COVID-19. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


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.


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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