International and domestic flights to resume starting August 17,2020 in Nepal

The government on Monday announced the resumption of international and domestic flights beginning August 17. The flights have remained suspended for over four months now in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe, the minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs, told the Post that a Cabinet meeting on Monday decided to allow both international and domestic scheduled flights from August 17, as there “has been a decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country”.
“All flights will be operated by following special health and safety protocols,” Tumbahangphe said.

On March 20, the government had banned all passengers, including Nepalis, from entering the country from the European Union territories, including the United Kingdom, West Asia, Gulf countries and countries like Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
Four days later, it had imposed a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Nepal on Monday reported 186 new cases of Covid-19, taking the national tally to 17,844, with 40 deaths so far.
Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, told the daily press briefing on Monday that 11,868 Covid patients, or 66.51 percent of the total cases, have been discharged so far with 173 sent home in the past 24 hours

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