April 16: The government has confirmed the emergence of second wave of coronavirus in the country and categorized 14 districts as high-risk zones. The Ministry of Health and Population has urged people in those districts to avoid overcrowding in public places. The ministry has also appealed to the concerned bodies to close schools and other places where people gather in large number.
The 14 districts categorized by the government as high-risk areas include Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Kaski, Rupandehi, Chitwan, Banke, Parsa, Bhaktapur, Kailali, Morang, Dang, Surkhet, Bara and Baglung districts. Issuing a statement on Thursday (April 15) , Joint Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari appealed to the people not to go to the crowded places in those districts.
The government has listed schools, party palaces, shopping malls, health club, swimming pool, gyms, sports centres, cinema halls, market places and religious sites among others as places with high risk of Covid-19 transmission.
The ministry has urged the local units to ensure all these places are shut down amid concerns of spread of Covid-19.
It has also ordered closure of night-time businesses and restaurants in the 14 districts after 7pm.
“All the services in these 14 districts need to be shut down except for the essential ones,” reads the statement.
Furthermore, government hospitals have been asked to allocate at least 50 per cent bed for the Covid-19 patients and provide free healthcare services to those meeting the criteria for whom the government has pledged to provide free treatment.
Meanwhile, private hospitals have been warned not to refer Covid-19 patients to government hospitals or elsewhere.
The health ministry has also appealed the hospitals to prioritize children, expecting mothers, new mothers, senior citizens and people with disabilities when it comes to conducting the PCR test and providing treatment against coronavirus infection.