Government support during the pandemic

Government to provide 10-day hotel quarantine expenses to those traveling for foreign employment

Smart Lockdown from next week, restrictions to be loosened

KATHMANDU: The government has decided to provide 10 days hotel quarantine expenses to those going for foreign employment.

The second meeting of the board of directors held yesterday has also decided to reduce the risk of infection and move towards ‘smart lock down’ along with production and supply of essential commodities.

The committee has concluded that some areas should be opened by maintaining the ongoing lockdown this year, assessing the situation after that and strictly following the health standards.

The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Committee KP Sharma Oli has decided to resume flights to Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan and Malaysia which have a large number of Nepali workers. It will be opened in a way where there will be no more than two thousand passengers a week.

The meeting also decided to provide assistance to the workers who have gone for foreign employment but cannot stay in the quarantine at the hotel due to various reasons. The government will manage up to 10 days of expenses for quarantine for a total of 15 days.

The meeting also decided to allocate a budget for the administrative work of the CCMC centre and to allow the construction sector and essential industries to open with compliance with health standards.

The meeting also decided to provide air freight to bring oxygen cylinders sent by non-resident Nepalis and to accept materials for intensive care provided by the Israeli government.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Oli said that the lockdown could be relaxed only to the extent where there was no risk of infection by having a tight protocol of health standards.

He said that as vaccination is the most important and essential thing for controlling COVID infection, work is being done to bring 4 million doses of vaccine from China and it will be started in mid-July. Besides, he is confident that the shortage of vaccines will be gradually solved as initiatives are being taken with other countries.

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