Kathmandu: An action plan has been prepared to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection in low-risk areas. Based on the recommendations prepared by the action team led by the CCMC Secretariat and the Chief Secretary, a new action plan has been drafted to ease the stalemate.
A meeting of the Covid Prevention and Control High Level Coordinating Committee is currently being held to discuss this blueprint.
According to sources in the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, if the new draft is passed by the committee, it will be taken to the cabinet meeting for approval. According to sources, the action plan has been prepared to gradually bring people’s lives back to normal in the low-risk areas. Members of the committee are in favor of loosening the deadline for Finance Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada, Health Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal and Industry, Commerce and Supplies Minister Lekhraj Bhatt. However, after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli stood in favor of not loosening it immediately, the cabinet has extended the lockdown from June 20 to June 12.
“A new modality of lockdown has been developed to ensure that industries / factories operating in low-risk districts and areas and livelihood-related areas are run smoothly by adopting health precautions. It will be presented at today’s committee meeting,” the source said.
Although the cabinet meeting on April 29 gave permission to the industries / factories and transportation related to 44 areas to run smoothly, the industries are only partially operational due to non-operation of market factories.
The number of corona infections is increasing even after 70 days of looting. The second case of infection was reported in the country. The number of infected people has exceeded 1800 on Monday. Due to the long-term lockdown, the problem of livelihood has started to be seen in a large section of the population and voices are being raised from the civil society to change its modality.