Nepal to suspend flights from Brazil, India and South Africa

Avião da Buddha Air, do Nepal, levou passageiros ao aeroporto errado
Buddha air plane of nepal
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Nepal will ban all commercial flights from Brazil, India and South Africa on Wednesday (5) from midnight to May 14, the country’s Health Minister, Hridayesh Tripathi said, Cnn.

The government decided to postpone all domestic commercial flights as of midnight on Monday (3), the minister said.

While India continues to struggle against the second intense wave of Kovid-19, neighboring country Nepal also sees an increase in the number of cases, which has prompted the Nepalese government to seal its land border with India.

The small South Asian country recorded a total of 7,137 new infections on Sunday (2) – the largest increase in cases since the onset of the epidemic, according to the local health ministry. In addition, the country reported 27 new deaths related to the virus.

Nepal observed that the number of cases starts to decline in February, with between 50 and 100 new cases coming up every day. But the infection increased in mid-April, when a second wave intensified in India. Now, daily affairs are in the thousands.

The country, which has identified cases of the Indian version, has limited access to health facilities and life-saving resources, raising fears that it is prepared to deal with a devastating outbreak such as India.

Last Thursday (29), Nepalese authorities carried out a two-week blockade in the capital Kathmandu, as part of efforts to stop the spread of Kovid-19.

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