Several coronavirus-hit countries extend lockdown period, Nepal yet to announce decision

  • April 14, 2020

Several countries have extended their ongoing lockdown aiming to minimize the spread of coronavirus. India, which has been under a national lockdown since 25th March, 2020, will remain under lockdown until 3rd May to contain the spread of COVID-19 as the number of novel coronavirus surge in the region.

India – with more than 10,000 coronavirus cases and 358 deaths, now joins countries such as France which have extended their lockdown. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic extended the lockdown until May 11. France, as of 14th April, 2020, had 136,000 confirmed cases with 27,718 recoveries and 14, 967 deaths.

Italy, country with the second highest number of virus-linked deaths after the U.S., is preparing for several more weeks under lockdown. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced an extension of lockdown to early May, though a small number of businesses may be allowed to reopen.

Spain prolonged a state of emergency until April 25 and the U.K. also is likely to extend its restriction period. Saudi Arabia has also indefinitely extended curfew due to surge of new coronavirus infections on April 12.

Countries around the world are taking drastic steps as coronavirus infection cases reach 2 million around the world with 119,702 deaths and 447,948 recoveries.

Meanwhile, a decision for Nepal is yet to be made – Nepal’s lockdown is scheduled to be over at 11:59 p.m, 15th April, 2020. Nepal has been placed in a lockdown since 24th March, 2020 – initially said for a week, later extended until 7th April, and then till 15th April, 2020.