Govt. mulling to halt physical classes to prevent COVID-19 spread

As daily cases of COVID-19 is soaring in the country, the minister for Health and Population, Hridayesh Tripathi, said that Nepal government is considering to suspend physical academic classes.

In a TV interview on Thursday evening, Tripathi said that in the next meeting of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center a decision will be taken whether to suspend physical classes. He said that CCMC meeting will ask academic institutions to run virtual classes to make sure that the academic session is not affected.

Minister Tripathi also said that there was no alternative other than running virtual classes as the country is starting to witness the second wave of COVID-19. He argued that it is extremely important to strictly follow the public health protocols in order to stop the situation of COVID-19 crisis from getting further worse.

Tripathi informed the UK variant of COVID-19 was lately traced in Nepal and academic institutions were found to be highly affected by the new variant. He also urged all political leaders in the nation to stop organizing mass rallies and demonstration in a bid to curb spread of COVID-19.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had also urged all to strictly follow the COVID-19 health safety measures in order to avoid the government to take extreme measures such as lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. Arguing that the lockdown is not the choice of the government, PM Oli said the government will be forced to enforce lockdown if situation gets out of hand.