The government is considering extending the nationwide lockdown

Empty road in front of Singhadurbar main gate taken from Bhadrakali during 1st day of nationwide lockdown due to the precaution measure on Corona Virus outbreak scenario in Kathmandu on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Photo: Dipesh Shrestha/Nagarik/Republica

The government is considering extending the nationwide lockdown for another week, until May 4, in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers is taking place at 2PM today to make a formal decision in this regard, according to sources.

The extended lockdown is ending at 12 midnight on Monday.

This is the fourth time the government is extending the lockdown after the country went into a nationwide lockdown since March 23.

Earlier on Saturday, a meeting of the high-level coordination committee on the prevention and containment of COVID-19 recommended to the cabinet to extend the lockdown for another week.

“We have concluded that the lockdown enforced by the government has been very effective to prevent the spread of coronavirus across the country,” Narayan Prasad Bidari, secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and spokesperson for the committee, told Republica Online. He said that the cabinet meeting will take a final decision regarding the extension of the lockdown.