The number of COVID-19 cases and its death toll is surging daily in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.
The Kathmandu valley recorded 388 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday also. In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Kathmandu Valley’s chief district officers decided to extend the prohibitory orders for a second time, until September 9 midnight. This is the second prohibitory order after it was first imposed on August 19 midnight.
The government is using lockdown and prohibitory orders as the only weapon to fight this pandemic. The economic cessation due to lockdown is a hard blow for the Nepali economy, which seemed on the cusp of a modest revival after the 2015 earthquake and subsequent Indian blockade. Many industries are shutting down and they tend to have a little financial cushion.
So, many businessmen are demanding the government to ease the lockdown and come with a better strategy. But the government is turning a deaf ear and extending the lockdown and prohibitory orders.
If this continues without alternatives, more people will die of hunger, instead of COVID-19.
The Government extended the prohibitory orders. That’s fine. But the question is till when. There is no guarantee that the virus will go away anytime soon. The government shouldn’t prepare for the short term only. Let’s plan for a long term. Let’s learn to live with the virus.
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