Nepalis stranded in Gauriphanta border crossing allowed to enter NepalThe returnees will be kept in quarantine facilities for 14 days in their respective districts, say authorities.
The local administration has decided to allow at least 1,000 Nepalis, who were stranded in Gauriphanta border crossing in Kailali since Monday evening, to enter the country.
"They will be kept in a quarantine facility in their respective villages and municipalities," said Yagya Raj Bohara, the Chief District Officer of Kailali. "They are undergoing health examinations and will be taken to their respective districts.”
Buses have been managed to facilitate the returnees travel to the home districts, informed Bohara. "The local units under the provincial government have taken the responsibility to keep them in quarantine facilities."
The returnees had protested against the authorities on Tuesday morning for the latter’s insensitivity to their distress.
According to Bohara, the local administration decided to allow their entry in the country after coordinating with the provincial government and the Home Ministry.
The federal government has decided to allow the entry of all Nepalis stranded in border crossings across the country until Tuesday midnight. A meeting of a high-level committee formed for the prevention and control of novel coronavirus took the decision on Tuesday.
“Only Nepali nationals will be allowed to enter the country that too only after conducting their health examination,” said Yubaraj Khatiwada, Minister for Communication and Information Technology. “This directive is applicable only for Tuesday. No one will be allowed to enter the country Wednesday onwards.”
The government has decided to keep those who were allowed to enter the country on Tuesday in quarantine facilities for 14 days. The committee has directed the provincial and local units to manage such facilities in their respective administrations.
Arjun Shah contributed to the reporting.
The story has been updated.
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What is Covid-19?
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The World Health Organisation has called the ongoing outbreak a “pandemic” and urged countries across the world to take precautionary measures. Covid-19 had spread to 210 countries and infected more than 5,684,795 people with 352,225 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 150,793 with 4,344 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 57,705 confirmed cases with 1,197 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 886 cases with four deaths.
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