KATHMANDU, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Nepali government on Tuesday reported the record high daily spike in COVID-19 cases as the Himalayan country moved to relax restrictions on economic activities.
According to Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population, a total 1,459 new COVID-19 cases were identified in the last 24 hours. Earlier, Nepal had reported record high daily infections on Sept. 11 with 1,454 cases.
"With addition of new cases, total COVID-19 cases in Nepal reached 56,788," spokesman at the Health Ministry Jageshwor Gautam told a press conference. The country also reported 11 new deaths in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 371.
"Infection is growing in the urban areas where there are thick settlements. So, the number of death is also increasing in the recent days," said Gautam. "As the government has relaxed some restrictions, the risks are growing for people with existing health condition, children and elderly people whose immunity remains weaker."
Nepal's cabinet decided on Monday to allow resumption of domestic flights, long-haul ground public transportation and operation of hotel and restaurants this week by following health protocols strictly.
Spokesman of the Nepali government and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali said on Tuesday that these services would resume from Sept. 17. According to him, the Nepali government has also decided to continue shutting down swimming pools, beauty parlors, movie theaters and dance bars until another notice is published.