Nepal tourism hit hard as global coronavirus fears close Everest Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA

The Nepal government on Monday announced a nationwide lockdown from 6 am (local time) on 24 March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. One more positive case was reported in the country on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases to 2.

The nationwide lockdown in Nepal will be in place till 31 March.

Nepal on Monday confirmed its second coronavirus case, a 19-year-old female student who returned from France via Qatar. On January 24, a Nepali national who returned from China’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the virus, was tested positive for COVID-19. The man was later released from hospital after he was cured.


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