Nepal makes wearing a face mask mandatory in public places Jul 07, 2020 0 42 12345 DPAKathmanduNepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) made wearing face masks in public places mandatory on Monday, with provisions for legal action against those defying the public health and safety rules.Umakanta Adhikari, a ministry spokesperson, said police could arrest those not wearing masks in public places. Offenders would be charged under the Infectious Disease Control Act with up to one month imprisonment, a fine of 100 rupees, or both.“Not wearing a mask will now be treated as an offence punishable by law,” Adhikari told dpa.He said the ministry has sent a directive to the 77 district administration offices for police to strictly enforce the order.The new regulation comes amid a gradual rise in the number of COVID-19 cases although the country remains under partial lockdown.While some essential services have resumed, the international border, air traffic, public transport, educational institutions, movie theatres and bars are to remain closed until July 22.Adhikari said the decision was aimed at people causing a public health and safety threat by not wearing masks in public places.Nepal, which had only one active case before going into lockdown on March 24, now registers 15,964 infections and 35 deaths. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With 700,000 virus cases, India is 3rd worst-hit in world Jul 07, 2020 0 470 Duterte’s anti-terrorism law challenged in Philippines’ top court Jul 07, 2020 0 342 World must support Hong Kong, says activist Wong at court hearing Jul 07, 2020 0 37 Over one million told to evacuate in Japan after heavy rain kills 44 DPA Tokyo The death toll from floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu climbed to 44 on Monday, while a heavy rain emergency warning forced local authorities to issue .. Philippines raises alarm over spike after COVID-19 lockdown easing DPA Manila Philippine authorities on Monday expressed alarm over a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the country and urged the public to strictly follow preventive protocols. “We are alarmed because the .. Hundreds of drones light up Seoul sky with virus messages Seoul Hundreds of drones lit up the night sky in Seoul for a spectacular showcase of motivational and awareness messages as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Three hundred unmanned aerial vehicles were .. India, China agree to ‘complete disengagement’ from deadly border flashpoint AFP New Delhi Chinese troops were seen removing structures from a Himalayan valley where they fought a deadly battle with Indian soldiers last month, Indian army sources said Monday, after high-level talks between the .. Border closure as Melbourne sees sharp spike in virus cases DPA Canberra The internal border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), will close after Covid-19 cases have spiked in Victorian capital city Melbourne, state Premiers .. China says US has ‘ulterior motives’ in South China Sea Beijing China said the United States had “ulterior motives” for dispatching two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea, in the latest show of military might between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry ..