Local authorities extended current banning orders in the Kathmandu Valley until May 12

Authorities in the Nepalese capital on Wednesday extended the lockdown of Kathmandu and surrounding districts until May 12 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Nepal on Tuesday recorded another largest single-day increase of 7,660 new cases of the coronavirus. The health ministry has also confirmed 55 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest number of deaths recorded in a single day to date.

Local authorities have extended the current ban orders in the Kathmandu Valley until May 12.

The decision to extend the lockdown for another week in three districts of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise every day across Nepal, authorities said.

The first phase of the lockdown ends at midnight on Wednesday.

During the lockdown period, all transportation services except those that operate for emergencies remain closed and markets remain closed.

However, grocery stores can only operate between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., officials said.

Prohibition orders have been imposed in the Kathmandu Valley and some other districts since April 29 with the outbreak of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Out of 77 districts across the country, lockdowns are in place in 42 districts.

Nepal also halted all domestic flights this week and international flights would be halted from Thursday.