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27 avr. 2020 | 04h46 UTC

Nepal: Nationwide lockdown extended through May 7 /update 9

Nepal Alerte de sécurité

Nepal announces extension of nationwide lockdown through May 7 due to COVID-19; abide by all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 26/4/2020, 12h00 until 7/5/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Kathmandu). COUNTRY/REGION Nepal

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On Sunday, April 26, the Nepalese government announced an extension to the ongoing lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak through Thursday, May 7. The country has been in lockdown since Tuesday, March 24, and this is the fourth extension so far. All individuals have been instructed to stay at home while all nonessential businesses were ordered to close. However, citizens can leave their homes to seek medical attention and to purchase food. Meanwhile, schools, colleges, and universities will remain closed until Thursday, April 30, and gatherings of more than 25 people, including at cinemas, gyms, museums, and places of worship, are prohibited.

A suspension of domestic and international flights remains in place through Friday, May 15. Introduced on Sunday, March 22, the measure restricts all flights except those carrying medical supplies or providing humanitarian assistance. Nepal has also closed all its borders with India and China since Monday, March 23.

As of April 26, there are 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide. 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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