Nepal will suspend domestic trade flights at midnight on Monday and will ban all trade flights originating in India, Brazil and South Africa from midnight on Wednesday until May 14, Health Minister Hridayesh Tripati said on Sunday.
As India continues to fight the relentless second wave of Covid-19, its neighbor Nepal is witnessing its own jump in the number of cases, prompting the Nepalese government to seal the land border shared by the two countries.
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Nepal had seen the number of cases begin to fall in February, with newly discovered cases hovering between 50 and 100 each day. But infections began to rise in mid-April, around the same time as the second wave began in India. New cases now number in the thousands every day, and health authorities have identified cases involving a variant of the coronavirus found in India.
Nepal has limited health infrastructure and access to life-saving resources, raising concerns that it is not well equipped to deal with a huge outbreak like devastating India. On Thursday, Nepalese authorities imposed a two-week lock in the capital, Kathmandu, to limit the spread of Covid-19.
This post has been updated to reflect the schedule of events.