Corona Virus: Lock Down For A Week; Disobedience Results Six Months In Jail
Government of Nepal has decided to lock down the country for one week to prevent the infection of Corona Virus. In a meeting of the high level committee held on 23 March, they decided to lock down the country from 6 am of 24 March.
Civilians are prohibited to leave their houses. The decision was taken immediately after one positive case of Corona infection. If anyone is found not obeying the lockdown, they will be jailed for six months. Only in case of emergency, a person is allowed to leave the house or use a vehicle.
Ministry of Home Affairs has claimed of holding a curfew if there is problem in security services. Unless there is problem in security, lockdown prevents people from moving around.
This might look like a curfew but it is not. There is a difference between lockdown and curfew. Lockdown is commenced by the Central and Local Government under Infectious Disease Code- 2020 whereas curfew is enforced by the Chief District Officer and decision of District Security Committee under Local Administration Code.
Lockdown is not as strict as curfew. But if found not obeying, they will be jailed for six months or fined six hundred rupees or both.
The decision was taken immediately after one positive case of Corona infection. A 19-year-old who returned from France through Doha in Qatar Airways on 17 March was tested positive for Covid 19 after which Nepal Government declared a lock down.
Till date 193 out of 195 member countries of the United Nations has been affected by Corona Virus. Countries free from Corona are North Korea and Kyrgyzstan.
Government has also declared mobility to only permitted vehicles and vehicles of security commission, health workers, food and essential materials’ transport.
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