Kathmandu’s tourist quarter, Thamel, is running empty with shops closed and only a few masked tourists waiting to return to their home countries. All international flights have been cancelled from midnight Monday, although Etihad and Qatar Airways are flying ferry flights to evacuate stranded passengers till Wednesday.
Nirmal Malla, 20, who works at the popular lassi shop Indra Chowk Lassi Bhandar says, “I am not fearful about corona but given the thinning crowd we will shut down from Monday.”
Drinking lassi at the same store, is a couple in their 70s, Dinesh and Kamala Bista who had come to New Road to buy some medicine for diabetes. But pharmacies refused to sell them the medicine because there has been a shortage.
“But running a little errand won’t do any harm I am sure, we are already old, we are always on self-quarantine,” jokes Dinesh Bista.
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