Nepalese police arrested 10 demonstrators, including foreigners from Australia, the United States and China, on Saturday when hundreds held a demonstration in Kathmandu against the government's response to the virus crisis.
Demonstrators resisted a nationwide ban for several days this week to request better testing and quarantine facilities for returning migrant workers.
Police officer Sushil Kumar Yadav informed AFP that seven of the detainees were foreigners. Three of them were Chinese, one each from the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway, he said.
"It was not decided whether they would be billed," added Yadav.
At the protest on Saturday, the participants appeared in masks and carried banners with the words "enough is enough".
"This is a time of crisis and we have to hold our government accountable," said a 23-year-old student, Alisha Shrestha, who was not arrested.
While the protest ended peacefully, police had used water cannons, truncheons and tear gas earlier this week to disperse demonstrations near the Prime Minister's residence.
Nepal imposed a nationwide ban in March to stop the spread of the pandemic. There are currently 5,062 cases of COVID-19 with 16 deaths.
The Home Office has warned that demonstrators can face a six-month prison term if they hold rallies during the ban.
However, tens of thousands of migrant workers have returned from India and the Middle East after losing their jobs and overwhelming the testing and quarantine facilities.
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