3/3 © Reuters. Students sit at the premises of their school after receiving a dose of the Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a vaccination drive for children aged 12-17 in Bhaktapur, Nepal, January 9, 2022. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 2/3
By Gopal Sharma
KATHMANDU (Reuters) -Nepal banned large public gatherings and closed schools across the Himalayan nation for nearly three weeks after a spike in coronavirus cases, officials said on Monday.
Nepal reported 1,357 new cases on Monday, the biggest single-day jump since September last year, taking its total to 833,946 since the pandemic began. Its death toll from the coronavirus is 11,606.
Home Ministry spokesman Pradip Kumar Koirala said public gatherings like political rallies and religious functions involving more than 25 people had been prohibited.
“Entry to hotels, restaurants, cinema halls…