From now on, only 13 border points between Nepal and India will remain operational.

The Nepalese government has decided to close 22 border points with India amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in India.

The move came after COVID’s Crisis Management Coordination Committee (CCMC) on Friday recommended that the Council of Ministers close 22 of the 35 border points between Nepal and India, officials said.

From now on, only 13 border points between Nepal and India will remain operational.

The decision comes following an increase in cases of COVID-19 infections in the neighbor to the south.

India’s daily coronavirus tally has passed the grim four lakh milestone, while the death toll rose to 2.11,853 with 3,523 new deaths, according to data updated on Saturday by the Union Ministry of Health .

The number of infections rose to 1,91,64,969 with 4.01,993 new cases, while active cases crossed the 32 lakh mark, data updated at 8 a.m.

Nepal has so far reported 323,187 cases of COVID-19 and 3,279 deaths, but cases are increasing at breakneck speed.

The country reported more than 5,000 new cases on Thursday and Friday.

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