General AviationNepal suspends all flights due to increase in Covid-19 cases

Nepal suspends all flights due to increase in Covid-19 cases

The Aviator Africa Nepal suspends all flights
An official in protective suite prepares to evacuate 175 Nepalese nationals from a Nepal Airlines Airbus A330-200 plane arriving from coronavirus-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan before they were sent to be quarantine at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Nepal has decided to suspend international and domestic flights amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the country’s communications minister said on Monday.  All domestic flights will be suspended from midnight Monday (1815 GMT), while international flights will be halted from midnight Wednesday, according to minister Parbat Gurung.

Gurung said, “The flights will remain suspended until May 14,”
Details have not yet been made public but the decision will not impact chartered and humanitarian flights, according to officials.  This decision comes at a time when the government is struggling to contain the spread of coronavirus cases although several areas in the country remain under strict lockdown. In Kathmandu, hospitals have run out of intensive care space, beds and oxygen, according to media reports.

On Sunday, Nepal logged 7,137 new coronavirus cases as total cases reached 3,360,030. Nepal also shares 1,100 miles of open border with its southern neighbor India, where situation is currently ravaged by second wave of Covid-19.
It is unclear how many mountain climbers are already in Nepal and whether the international flights will affect climbers trying to ascend Mount Everest.  According to Nepal’s Department of Tourism, a total of 408 climbers have acquired permits to climb Mount Everest in the ongoing spring season.

Mshana Iddi
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