Kathmandu, April 13 : Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi has said the government is preparing to close schools in big cities of the country including Kathmandu for one month in view of the surge in Covid-19 infection.
Health Minister Tripathi said this while addressing a face-to-face programme organised by the Health Journalists Forum here today.
He said the topic of running online classes by closing the schools for one month was also discussed in the meeting of the Council of Ministers and the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) following an increase in the risk of new variant of the coronavirus.
“Preparations have been made to run online classes at least for one month in the city areas. Seven to eight hundred thousand students can take classes remaining at home when online classes are conducted and this will reduce the movement up to 20 per cent,” Minister Tripathi said.
According to him, the new variant of coronavirus has infected the youth and children also and so it is scary. “No vaccine has been developed for people below 18 years.
The new variant of coronavirus is found spreading to children as well and the government is preparing to run online classes to stem the risk of infection among the children,” he explained.