Nepal Bans Public Gatherings, Shuts Down Schools as Omicron Surges

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  • Nepal has banned large public gatherings and closed schools across the country for nearly three weeks after officials reported a record spike in coronavirus cases
  • Nepal reported 1,357 new cases Monday, the biggest single-day rise in cases since September last year, pushing the total case count in the country to 833,946
  • Home Ministry spokesman Pradip Kumar Koirala made the announcement Tuesday, noting that public gatherings like political rallies and religious functions involving more than 25 people had been banned
  • “Entry to hotels, restaurants, cinema halls and public offices as well as parks from Jan. 21 will be given to those providing proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus,” Koirala said
  • Schools will remain shut until Jan. 29, Education Ministry spokesman Deepak Sharma said, to allow for widespread vaccination of children aged 12 to 17 years