Grappling with COVID-19, 72 districts enforce prohibitory orders

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Nepal has 97,008 active corona cases including 40,222 in Kathmandu Valley alone 

KATHMANDU, May 11: As Nepal is being ravaged by a deadlier second wave of the coronavirus disease, most districts across the country have enforced prohibitory orders in an attempt to stem the transmission chain of the deadlier variant of the virus. 

Local administrations, as authorized by the Council of Ministers, placed restrictions on all the activities except for emergency ones as the number of new corona cases and deaths are on the rise on a daily basis. 

According to the health ministry, 9,483 cases were confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours which has taken the country’s infection tally to 413,111. Similarly, record-high daily-count of corona death on Tuesday. At least 225 patients succumbed to the disease, said the ministry. Since the first case was reported on May 16 last year, Nepal has so far witnessed 4,084 fatalities. 

While the number of recoveries are gradually increasing in recent days, there are still 97,008 active cases of the disease. Of them, 40,222 are from the Kathmandu Valley alone. 

As the most hospitals in cities including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal and Nepalgunj have been overwhelmed with corona patients and the crisis of live saving oxygen deepens, the district administration offices of 72 districts across the country have enforced prohibitory orders. 

Of the total 77 districts, Rukum (East), Mustang, Manang, Khotang and Tehrathum are yet to go for the restriction measures as of Tuesday morning. 

While 63 districts have imposed orders throughout the districts,nine others have placed the orders only in affected zones, according to the Home Ministry.

Meanwhile, the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley ---Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur-- have extended the prohibitory orders by another two weeks and will remain in place until May 27. 

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