CCMCC recommends closure of schools until January 29

Chief Secretary of COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC), Ram Prasad Thapaliya holds meeting with stakeholders at the office in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu. Photo: CCMCC

KATHMANDU: With the emergence of the third wave of Covid 19 in the country, the COVID-19 Crisis Management Coordination Centre (CCMCC) has recommended the government shut down schools until January 29.

A meeting of the CCMCC held Sunday made this recommendation after the recent spike of Covid 19 infections and the spread of the omicron variant. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on Sunday reported 841 new cases of coronavirus infection and additional 326 cases testing positive in antigen tests in the past 24 hours. The reported daily case is the highest figure in the past several months.

The CCMCC recommended the government close the schools and other public spaces at least for 15 days in order to contain the spread of coronavirus. The CCMCC has advanced its recommendations to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration for implementation.

Currently, some schools have announced winter vacation while others are running examinations. The academic institutions conducting exams have been told to apply health precautions amid the rising cases of coronavirus.

State Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Umesh Shrestha was also present in the meeting of the CCMCC.

Similarly, the CCMCC has recommended the Ministry of Home Affairs to enforce the provision of mandatorily appearing with the vaccine cards while visiting the cinema halls, parks and other public places.

Likewise, the meeting has asked the political parties to avoid meetings and ceremonies.

It also requested the stakeholders not to organise any event that exceeds the participation of more than 25 individuals.

The Chief District Officers of the districts concerned can take additional decisions considering the local context.



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