KATHMANDU, Nepal – Offices were closed, markets were shuttered, and vehicles were forced off the streets in Nepal’s capital on Thursday as authorities imposed a 15-day lockdown because of.
The lockdown was imposed in most of the Himalayanand towns. In Kathmandu and surrounding districts, police set up checkpoints and stopped drivers and pedestrians. Several vehicles were impounded for defying the lockdown.
Residents rushed to neighborhoodfor supplies in the morning when authorities allowed them to open for a few hours. To , tens of thousands had run out of Kathmandu in the past two days.
Both international andwere operating on schedule. The government has closed the land borders to foreigners, but citizens of neighboring India can enter with a negative and proof of a hotel booking for a 10-day quarantine.
Nepal’s health ministry has, while 3,211 people have died from COVID-19.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
– Biden declared, “America is rising anew” as he called for expanding programs to drive the past economic pandemic
– India sets another record with 375Knew cases as it gears up to expand vaccinations to all adults
– As many as one-third of Mexicans may have been exposed to the virus in 2020, blood tests indicate
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Moderna announced Thursday it is beefing up global manufacturing of itsin 2022.
The company predicts supplying bet million and 1 billion doses worldwide this. But it’s looking ahead as much of the next year – and to be ready if and when people may need a booster shot.
MAdults in the U.S., European Union, and multiple countries authorize Moderna’s vaccine. Thefrom a U.S. in 12- to 17-year-olds and has begun testing the shots in younger children. Also underway are studies of doses tweaked to match better a worrisome mutated version of the coronavirus__
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ismonth-long lockdown by two weeks as the country’s worst coronavirus infection spike starts to ease but remains alarming.
President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Thursday night that the second-most restrictive lockdown level will now run through May 14 in metropolitan Manila and four nearby provinces, a region of more than 25. Mayors, however, cut a nine-hour night curfew in metropolitan Manila to six hours to help battered businesses.
Duterte warns mayors and village chiefs that theyjail if they don’t prevent gatherings and other events thaviolatingndemic restrictions.
Monday, with deaths now at more than 17,000, the second-highest in Southeast Asia.
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