Nepal reported 1,357 new cases on Monday, the largest single day jump since September last year.
Officials in Nepal have banned large public gatherings for nearly three weeks and closed schools across the Himalayan nation following a rise in coronavirus cases.
Nepal reported 1,357 new cases on Monday, the largest single day jump since September last year, bringing its total to 833,946 since the pandemic began. The death toll from the coronavirus is 11,606.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pradip Kumar Koirala said public gatherings such as political rallies and religious functions involving more than 25 people were banned.
“Access to hotels, restaurants, cinemas and public offices as well as parks will be given from January 21 to those who provide proof that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus,” Koirala said.
Earlier, the government ordered schools to close for nearly three weeks until January 29.
Education Ministry spokesman Deepak Sharma said a campaign to vaccinate students aged 12 to 17 at their schools would continue.
“Schools should inform students of the time and date when they should go to schools and receive the shots,” Sharma said.
Authorities hope the closure of schools will help break chains of infection amid fears about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.
Last week, the government asked hospitals to prepare for a larger number of patients, as COVID-19 cases could increase sharply.
Hospitals were ordered to maintain adequate oxygen supply and keep staff ready. Nepal reported 27 cases of infection with the Omicron, but no deaths as a result.
Nepal has provided two shots of COVID-19 vaccines to 37 percent of its population of 30 million since a vaccination drive began a year ago.