Nepal on Wednesday expanded a travel ban on passengers flying in from all European countries and the Middle East over the coronavirus epidemic. 

A high-level task force on coronavirus, led by Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, took the decision to ban passengers — both Nepalese and foreigners — from March 20 to April 15.

Kathmandu also announced that even passengers transiting through those European and Mideast nations are barred from entering the country.

The move followed an earlier decision that banned travelers from eight Asian and European countries worst hit by the virus, officially known as COVID-19.

Read more: COVID-19: Nepal expands travel ban to Europe, Mideast