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March 26, 2020

Nepal to reopen Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi border points

Kathmandu: At a time when Nepal is facing a weeklong nationwide lockdown amid fears and terror of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the government has decided to reopen Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi border points in the north to ease the supply of essential goods.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel led the high-level committee meeting Wednesday that decided to reopen the two border points with China by complying with bilateral protocol procedures. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Finance are to complete the necessary processes for reopening the key border points.

The two key border points with China were closed soon after the outbreak of lethal pathogens in China mainland to prevent rapid spread of the virus.

The border points with India are already closed, although the cargo movements have been allowed to some extent across the two borders to ease the supply of essential goods.

The high-level government meeting has also decided to allow flight arrangements for stranded foreigners in Nepal to fly back to their respective countries. According to Director General at the Department of Tourism Dandu Raj Ghimire, the foreign tourists, who are now in the Annapurna trekking circuit, Jomsom and the Everest region have been asked to return to Kathmandu for their departure from Nepal.

France and Russia are preparing to evacuate their stranded nationals in Nepal by sending chartered flights, added Ghimire.

The global death toll due to Coronarus has exceeded 21000 and nearly five thousand hundred people have been infected with this lethal pathogen across 194 countries.

In Nepal, Coronavirus positive cases have been detected in three persons of which one has already returned home after recovery while two persons are undergoing treatment in the hospital.

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