Nepal suspends all flights until May 14 amid spike in Covid cases May 04, 2021 0 267 12345 dpa Kathmandu Nepal has decided to suspend international and domestic flights amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the country’s communications minister said on Monday. All domestic flights will be suspended from midnight Monday (1815 GMT), while international flights will be halted from midnight Wednesday, according to minister Parbat Gurung. “The flights will remain suspended until May 14,” Gurung told dpa. Details have not yet been made public but the decision will not impact chartered and humanitarian flights, according to officials. This decision comes at a time when the government is struggling to contain the spread of coronavirus cases although several areas in the country remain under strict lockdown. In Kathmandu, hospitals have run out of intensive care space, beds and oxygen, according to media reports. On Sunday, Nepal logged 7,137 new coronavirus cases as total cases reached 3,36,030. Nepal also shares 1,100 miles of open border with its southern neighbour India, where situation is currently ravaged by second wave of Covid-19. It is unclear how many mountain climbers are already in Nepal and whether the international flights will affect climbers trying to ascend Mount Everest. According to Nepal’s Department of Tourism, a total of 408 climbers have acquired permits to climb Mount Everest in the ongoing spring season. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin May 04, 2021 0 978 26 killed in Bangladesh boat collision May 04, 2021 0 247 India’s vaccine and oxygen crisis deepens as caseload nears 20 mn May 04, 2021 0 258 Israel’s state comptroller to open special probe into stampede deaths Tel Aviv: Israel’s state comptroller wants to look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 45 people in a stampede at a religious festival last week, in addition to an already ongoing police investigation, the .. Syrian court approves three, including al-Assad, to run for elections Damascus: Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has approved three candidates to run in the May 26 presidential race, among them current President Bashar al-Assad, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday. .. Philippines’ top diplomat doesn’t mince words in China sea dispute dpa Manila The Philippines’ top diplomat on Monday used less-than-diplomatic language to tell China to get out of the country’s waters, after months of repeated demands for hundreds of Chinese ships to leave disputed .. Iran denies talks about releasing prisoners to gain access to funds dpa Tehran There is no truth to a report that Iran is preparing to free five prisoners in exchange for access to bank accounts that have long been frozen due to diplomatic disputes with Britain and the US, said the Iranian .. S’pore pauses most hospital care as virus numbers rise dpa Bangkok Singapore’s Health Ministry on Monday said it “has asked all hospitals to defer non-urgent surgeries and admissions” after a modest uptick in coronavirus case numbers over the past week. Would-be patients .. Floods kill 4 people in eastern Yemen Sana’a: Floods in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadramaut have killed four people and injured two in the past 24 hours, emergency authorities in the country said on Monday. Torrential rains have destroyed 10 houses in ..