Dozens of bodies were seen floating in the river at Chausa town on Bihar's border with Uttar Pradesh and later piling up on the banks.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his state cannot spare any further oxygen as they have already supplied their buffer stock to neighbouring states and are now left with just 86 metric tonne of buffer. The Congress Working Committee on Monday held a meeting where it discussed the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country. A large section of class 12 students has taken to Twitter demanding for cancelation of board exams.
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Due to the surge in COVID cases and fatalities in Nepal, a cabinet meeting decided the closure of International Flights starting from Wednesday. Serpentine lines were seen outside the terminal of International Airport. On Wednesday, Tribhuwan International Airport remained packed with travelers before closure. Police personnel were seen requesting people to maintain social distancing. Nepal has announced to produce RT-PCR report before boarding the flight.
Amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Nepal, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has announced the closure of all domestic and international flights until mid of May. While domestic flights will be closed from Monday midnight, all the international flights will be halted from Thursday midnight. However, Nepal would operate two flights in a week to and fro India, Oli announced. In his address to the nation on Monday, the Nepali Prime Minister announced the measures which are said to remain in effect till mid of May. "Starting from May 03, 2021 midnight till the mid of this month, all the domestic flights would be suspended. From midnight of May 06, 2021 international flights will be halted. Movement of foreign nationals via land-ways to and from the nation has been banned. Regarding the entry of Nepali nationals, 13 border crossings between India and Nepal would be in operation," said PM Oli. PM Oli also announced the mobilisation of security personnel round the clock in various cities including capital Kathmandu for implementation of public health protocols as the nation struggles with the second wave of the pandemic. He also warned to take stringent actions against those who violate the health protocols which would be overseen by the Home Ministry. Oli has assigned the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to lead the public awareness campaign. Addressing the international community in English at the end of the speech, Nepali Prime Minister asked for help to fight the pandemic. Nepal reported 7,388 cases of COVID-19 from across the country on Monday. With this, the total nationwide infection count has advanced to 343,418.
Nepal is seeing rise in cases of COVID-19 and reported 7,448 new cases in last 24 hours, the highest single-day rise, as the Himalayan Nation grapples with the second wave of infection. Nepal also reported the highest death toll at 37 on Monday. The Pashupatinath Electric Crematorium, which has been running round-the-clock, is getting bodies beyond its capacity compelling authorities to conduct cremation in open ground. Nepal Army, given the responsibility to cremate or bury most of the bodies, begun making and using makeshift pyres on the bank of the Bagmati in the Pashupati area to decrease the load of electric crematorium. The electric crematorium takes one-and-a-half hours to cremate a body. The Himalayan Nation tested total of 16,658 samples using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) method and conducted 518 antigen tests in past 24 hours of which 7,399 PCR tests and 60 antigen tests turned positive for the virus. As many as 2,021 people, who were earlier diagnosed with COVID-19, have recovered in the past 24 hours. There are 12 districts with more than 500 active cases and 21 districts with more than 200 active cases in the country. A total of 50,172 COVID-19 patients are in home isolation, 3,869 in institutional isolation, 578 in ICUs and 142 others on ventilators across the country as of Monday afternoon.
Due to surge in COVID-19 cases, Nepal entered into two-week lockdown and only essential services are allowed during this time. Police kept a tighten surveillance on the vehicular movement in Kathmandu. The prohibitory order came into force, starting 6 am on April 29 and will end on May 12 midnight. Nepal has more than 30,000 active coronavirus cases currently.