Nepal shuts 22 border points with India

HK bans Nepal flights

New Age . Online Desk | Published: 21:19, May 01,2021


Nepal on Saturday decided to shut 22 border points with India as the latter kept facing a surge in Covid cases and deaths.

The decision came after the Covid Crisis Management Coordination Committee of Nepal on Friday recommended to the Council of Ministers to shut down 22 out of a total of 35 border points between the two countries, reports the Hindustan Times.

However, all other border points will not be closed and only 13 border points between Nepal and India will now remain operational. The decision comes in the wake of rising cases of Covid-19 infections in the southern neighbour.

Nepal itself logged more than 5,500 Covid-19 infections for two consecutive days. Nepal on Saturday reported 5,706 infections across the country, according to the Himalayan Times.

The number was 5,657 on Friday, according to worldometer. Worldometer shows the infections are increasing daily in recent days.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government banned Hong Kong-Nepal flights, reports Khabarhub, an online news portal in Nepal.

Hong Kong will stop allowing passenger flights from Nepal to land in its airport from Saturday.

The Hong Kong government has taken precautions and continued its policy of keeping the coronavirus out despite the reduction in virus cases in the Asian financial hub, the news portal reported.

The ban is proactive as virus cases are being reported in other countries. Flights to Hong Kong from India, Pakistan, the Philippines and other countries at high risk of corona infection are banned. The Hong Kong government has been alarmed as the coronavirus infection has intensified in Nepal as well.

With the latest 5,706 infections in Nepal on Saturday, the total nationwide infection count has advanced to 328,893.Of the newly infected, 2,455 are females and 3,251 are males. Meanwhile, antigen tests confirmed 57 positives in the past 24 hours. As such, total infections from both RT-PCR and antigen tests added up to 5,763 on Saturday.

India's daily coronavirus tally crossed the grim milestone of four lakh, while the death toll rose to 2,11,853 with 3,523 fresh fatalities, according to the date updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.

The infection tally rose to 1,91,64,969 with 4,01,993 new cases, while the active cases crossed the 32-lakh mark, the data updated at 8:00am on Saturday showed.

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