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764 Vehicles held for defying prohibitory order, MoHP urges not to step out until urgently required



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By TRN Online, Kathmandu, May 3: Despite being on the brink of COVID-19 despair and the continuous flow of awareness in the regard from all sources, denizens of the capital are still on the roads disregarding the prohibitory order.

According to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Office, Kathmandu, a total of 764 vehicles on the road without any legitimate passes or listed in essentials have been taken into hold on Monday so far.

As many as 564 two-wheelers, 142 four-wheelers as well as 42 private taxis have been retained today in the Kathmandu Valley so far.

Traffic police have claimed that they are facilitating many dire cases of travel and hospitalization.

Regarding the vehicles defying prohibitory order Ministry of Health and Population urged civilians to not step out of the house until deemed urgent.

“We all need to play our part to control the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, Spokesperson at the Ministry.

Similarly, Dr. Achyut Karki, Spokesperson at the Bir Hospital said “The situation is dire, but if we follow all the health safety standards and stay at home amid the prohibitory order, then we can curb the SRAS-CoV-2 spread. This, in turn, will help to contain the virus,”

Dr. Hemanta Acharya, Chief at Primary Hospital, Thankot said that the virulence and communicability of the new variant are high than in the first wave. The communicability of the virus is 38 percent and the fatality is more than one percent. The best weapon to contain the virus is to control the commute.