Although the rate of new infections appears to be receding, Kathmandu Valley is still registering about 1,000 new confirmed cases every day. The positivity rate has gone down below 19% for the first time in a month, with about 3,000 of 15,000 tested on Monday showing infections.
The death rate has also gone down from 200 daily fatalities to 53 on Tuesday. And although the number of active cases has come down by half, it still totals 65,000 all over the country. Most of them are in home isolation, although there are nearly 1,000 in ICU and 320 on ventilator support.
Health experts have warned against lifting the lockdown till the population is vaccinated, but Nepal is still waiting for second dose vaccines for 1.4 million people, and there are no signs of new vaccines arriving for the rest of the unvaccinated population.
Kathmandu Valley’s lockdown, which expired on Monday, has been extended till at least 21 June by the three district administrations of Kathmandu Valley, although they have eased restrictions somewhat.
Unessential travel is still banned, and police are still detaining vehicles flouting the restrictions at checkpoints. However, neighbourhood grocery stores and bookshops are now allowed to be open till 11am. Online delivery and takeaways are open from Tuesday, and people will be allowed to be on the roads for visa applications.
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