Nepal expands vaccine drive, COVID surges

Nepal's Home Ministry said political rallies and religious functions involving more than 25 people had been prohibited.

The government has also ordered schools to close until January 29.

Authorities hope these measures will help break chains of infection amid fears about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.

Jyoti Academy principal, Govinda Pangeni, said the children at his secondary school "will be on leave till further notice is given."

Nepal reported on Monday (January 10) its biggest single-day jump in new cases since September last year.

The Education Ministry said a campaign to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17 at their schools would still go ahead.

Nepal has provided two shots of COVID-19 vaccines to 37% of its population of 30 million since an inoculation drive began a year ago.

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