Update of May 23 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 513,241 after additional 7,598 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 23, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 391,348 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 76.3% along with the 7,664 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 18,965 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 23, 40% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17.4% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 23, 721 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 6,346. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 193 people died on May 23. There are 115,547 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Parsa, Mahottari, Bara, Saptari, Siraha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Kaski, Nawalparasi East, Gorkha, Tanahu, Syangja, Myagdi, Dang, Rupandehi, Banke, Palpa, Bardiya, Kapilbastu, Arghakhanchi, Nawalparasi West, Surkhet, Salyan, Dailekh, Dadeldhura, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi, Doti and Achham.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 75 districts have been following complete or partial prohibition till May 23, 2021, no further information have been received later.
In Province 1,
In Taplejung, the District Administration Office has issued a prohibitory order in Fungling Municipality from May 24 to May 31. In Sunsari, 45-bed isolation and 15-bed Covid Hospital has been established in Duhabi Municipality since May 25. Bednarayan Gachchhadar, chief of Duhabi Municipality informed that the municipality has brought 45-bed isolation with oxygen and 15-bed Municipal Covid Hospital into operation. In Morang, the Biratnagar High Court has issued an order in the name of the government on May 23 to provide food to the people at risk due to the covid infection. A bench of Justice Prem Raj Dhakal has ordered to provide immediate food to the people who are in crisis due to the covid infection.
“Article 36, sub-article 2 of the Right to Food Act states that every citizen has the right to be protected from life-threatening conditions due to lack of food.”Advocate Peshal Kumar Neupane had filed a writ petition in the high court alleging that the ban had created a situation of starvation among those earning a living, people with disabilities, and those living on the streets. In Okhaldhunga, a virtual meeting of the District Covid 19 Crisis Management Centre held on May 23 has decided to extend the prohibition order by 10 days as covid infection has increased at the community level.
In Province 2,
Saptari, while the prohibition order was issued, Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal and Rastriya Ekta Abhiyan held a candle lighting program at Rajbiraj Bazaar on May 23 evening. Law Minister Lilanath Shrestha has said that the ordinance on citizenship has given citizenship to the children of born citizens and the children of Nepali women who do not have the identity of their fathers and children of children with birth certificate.
In Bagmati Province,
In Kathmandu, public health workers have urged the Government of Nepal to withdraw the mid-term elections immediately. A joint statement issued by Public Health Doctors Sharad Vanta, Mahesh Maskey, Badri Raj Pandey, Sujan Babu Marhattha, Aruna Upreti, Sameer Mani Dixit, Binjwala Shrestha, Rajendra BC and Krishnaman Shakya on May 24.
In Sindhupalchok, Barhabise municipality 5 and 7 have been sealed. According to Ishwori Prasad Sharma, Chief Administrative Officer of Barhabise Municipality, the meeting of the Public Health Emergency Management Committee of Barhabise Municipality has decided to seal the school from 10 am to May 29.
In Gandaki Province,
In Lamjung, the prohibition order has been extended in the district as the covid infection has increased. Chief District Officer at the Chief District Administration Office, Lamjung, Hom Prasad Luitel said that the period of the prohibitory order has been extended from May 25 to June 3.
In Myagdi, a seven-day restraining order has been added Myagdi to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. A meeting of the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (DCCMC) held on June 26 through virtual media has decided to extend the prohibition order till June 31.
In Syangja, due to the increase in the number of covid infected people in Biruwa rural municipality, Biruwa Bazaar Biruwa-1, Chinnedam Biruwa-6, Kusum Bhanjang Biruwa-7, Niyabari Biruwa-5, Khali Biruwa-3, Bhorle Biruwa-4 and other areas have been completely sealed from May 21 to May 29.
In Lumbini Province,
In Kapilvastu, the District Administration Office has extended the prohibition for 10 days to prevent the spread of covid infection in the district as per the decision of the meeting of covid-19 District Crisis Management Centre held on May 25. Chief District Officer Chakrapani Pandey said that the prohibition order has been extended till May 31.
In Karnali Province,
According to Surkhet, the risk of covid infection is increasing due to lack of management of Karnali State Hospital Surkhet (Covid Hospital). Stakeholders have complained that the lack of standard canteens, pharmacies and health facilities inside the hospital premises has increased the risk when the relatives of the infected have to go outside to buy medicine and food.
In Kailali representative, a 50-bed Covid Care Center has been brought into operation in the building of Geta Medical College in Kailali district. A 50-bed Covid Care Center has been set up at the Geta Medical College building under construction for the treatment of covid patients, said Godavari Municipality Spokesperson Sharmananda Bhatta.
In Darchula, the District Administration Office, Darchula has extended the restraining order till June 4 as per the decision of the meeting of the Covid-19 District Crisis Management Center held on June 25.
In Dadeldhura, covid infection is spreading at the community level in the district but the lack of antigen kit has affected the covid testing work. Hari Prasad Bhat, a co-ordinator of the health office, Dadeldhura, said that the cod test was affected due to an insufficient number of kits even though the health office, Dadeldhura, had already provided the antigen kit to all the seven local levels of the district.
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