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Kotal area in Kathmandu sealed off for COVID-19 risk

KATHMANDU: The Kotal tole (locality) in Kathmandu metropolis-5 has been sealed off in view of the growing risk of coronavirus infection.

Ward chair Ramesh Dangol said so far over 10 people in the area have been tested positive for the virus. Few days ago, virus was detected on a police personnel and other four members in the family. Then after, the house owner of the family was tested positive. Lately, among 25 samples collected from the community, six tests have come positive, promoting the local government to take the preventive measures. Police have been mobilized in the settlement to implement the measures effectively. Some people from the settlement went to Kapan and they were found carrying the virus, according to Dangol. The infection rate is rising in the Kathmandu Valley with the lifting of nationwide lockdown since the night of July 21.

On Friday, the Valley reported over 100 cases and with this, entry to the Valley has been tightened and surveillance has been increased in the infected areas. All the three District Administration Offices: Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur here have announced to close all services except the most essentials ones from Sunday. So far around 1,000 have been infected with the virus in the Valley.

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