New Delhi: A day after announcing that the domestic and international flight services will resume from August 17, the Nepal government on Tuesday announced  withdrawal of the nationwide lockdown which was imposed in the country since March 24. Also Read - Schools Reopening From Monday: What is Partial Resumption? Is There Any Compulsion to Attend Classes? FAQs Answered

Issuing a statement, Nepal government spokesperson Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada said that the Government of Nepal has announced the end of nationwide lockdown imposed since 24th March. Also Read - Just a Day After Lifting Lockdown, This Country Reported 2020 New Covid-19 Cases

The development comes on a day when the country registered 150 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to nearly 18,000. Also Read - 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Kathmandu in Nepal, Tremors Felt in Bihar Too

The new infections were confirmed after testing 3,963 specimens through Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests in the last 24 hours.

The Kathmandu Valley has recorded eight coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. Nepal has recorded 17,994 COVID-19 cases till Tuesday. The country has reported 40 deaths due to the coronavirus infection.

At present, seven districts have no active cases of coronavirus infection. They are Bhojpur, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Rasuwa, Manang, and Mustang. Three districts – Rautahat, Kailali and Bajura – have over 500 active cases of infection.

Meanwhile, Nepal has decided to resume domestic and international flight operations starting from August 17, over four months after they were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 20, the government had banned all passengers, including Nepalis, from entering the country. Four days later, it imposed a nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The government said the decision to resume flights was taken as some countries have already started to lift the coronavirus restrictions.