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Nepal’s PM in talks with experts about whether to impose another lockdown

Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli (Source: nepal24hours). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4, 2020, The Himalayan Times. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has started a discussion with public health experts and leaders of the opposition to decide whether or not to impose a second round of lockdown, and possible steps ahead, The Himalayan Times reported.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in a discussion with public health experts and leaders of the opposition, in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Photo: PM’s Press Advisor/Twitter

With the cases of coronavirus infection surging across the nation and inside Kathmandu valley, talks on whether the lockdown should be re-imposed have been on the table for sometime now.

The meeting is presently underway at Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar, according to Prime Minister’s press advisor Surya Thapa.

Present in the meeting are health experts along with leaders of the opposition parties including Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba and Janata Samajwadi Party chair Mahanta Thakur. Also present in the meeting are members of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC).

The government imposed nationwide lockdown had lasted from March 24 to July 21.

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