Of the 10,258 new cases of Covid-19 reported on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health and Population, 5,549 cases were from Kathmandu Valley alone – making it the hotspot of Covid-19 infections in the country yet again.
Rushing to keep the virus on check, the government has been introducing and informing an intention to enforce new rules:
1. Supreme Court To Conduct Hearing Into Urgent Cases Only
On Tuesday, Nepal’s Supreme Court said that 35 of its employees had tested positive for coronavirus. Keeping in mind the growing infections, on Wednesday, it announced its decision to conduct hearings into urgent cases only. The services are scheduled to be cut back until 1st of February. It has also said that the numbers of cases in high courts, district courts, and the rest of the tribunals shall be made on the basis of an assessment of the local situation, level of risk, and the number of infections.
2. Kathmandu DAO suspends services:
The District Administration Office of Kathmandu has decided to suspend all services, including issuance of citizenships, mandatory national id cards until further notice.
3. Temples and houses of worship inside the valley to be closed
The three district administration offices in the Kathmandu Valley have banned all forms of prayer except for the daily regular prayer at all houses of worship – temples, stupas, churches, mosques – in the valley. Issuing a new directive on Tuesday, the offices have stated that the moratorium would continue until mid-February in view of the surging risk of coronavirus infections in the country.
Keeping in line with the order, Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has said the main temple as well as other shrines in the premises such as Guhyeshwari and Chandrabinayak shall be closed to the public, allowing only regular worship.
4. Bhaktapur Administration issues 27-point order:
Bhaktapur District Administration has issued a 27-point order to curb infections which re-introduce restrictions on gatherings, face to face learnings in schools and institutions, and mandatory masks.
5. Department of Passports suspends services:
The Department of Passports has suspended all services until further notice, except for emergency situations such as availing treatment abroad. z