Update of 17 May Regarding Corona Virus Infection
There has been second death in Nepal due to corona virus infection. On 17 May, around 6:40 am, a 25-year-old man staying in the quarantine of Banke Nainapur had died, confirmed the Ministry of Health and Population. His swab tested positive with corona virus. He had returned from India on 12 May 2020.
Government of Nepal has extended the nationwide lockdown till midnight of 2 June 2020. The decision was taken by the cabinet of ministers on 17 May. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there are 295 cases of corona virus infection in Nepal. Out of them 36 have recovered and two have died. The remaining patients are being treated. The infection has spread in six provinces.
Following is the date according to the Provinces:
- Province 1: 39
- Province 2: 120
- Bagmati Province: 7
- Gandaki Province: 2
- Province 5: 110
- Sudur Paschim Province: 5
- Bagmati Province: 1 female
- Province 5: 1 Male
In Province 1, on 17 May three cases of corona virus infection has been confirmed. They are:- a 34-year-old female health worker from Dhankuta, a 35-year-old male and a 29-year-old female from Biratnagar Metropolitan. There are 39 cases of corona in Province 1. Five districts of the Province have corona virus infected patients.
Following are the number of patients according to the districts:
- Udaypur: 33
- Jhapa: 2
- Morang: 2
- Dhankuta: 1
- Bhojpur: 1
Out of them 17 have been recovered and discharged.
- Number of swabs till date: 3,071
Jhapa’s Damak Municipality has launched the relief alternative program named “One Family, One Employment.” This program targets 600 families
In Province 2, on 17 May, 10 new cases of corona virus infection have been diagnosed. They are:- 18, 32, 36, 39, 39, 42 and 48 year old males from Rajpur Municipality-9 and 28, 30 and 33 year old males from Ishnath Municipality-3 and 5. They all had returned from India. On 15 May, their swabs were sent for test. They are kept in the local level quarantine. The Chief Minister of Province 2 had addressed the locals of the province on 17 May. He informed about bringing additional 50 ventilators for the health services in the province. He added that the provincial government had allocated 50 million to 220 million rupees for improving the quality of services and infrastructures of the hospitals in the province.
In Bagmati Province, after a woman’s death due to COVID-19, the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division has started contact tracing. The Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital Community Medicine Unit and Sindhupalchowk and Dhulikhel Hospital Community Medicine Unit are actively involved in tracing the contacts. Two women with high fever have been admitted in the isolation ward of Sindhuli Hospital. Their swabs have been sent for test at the Provincial Hosptial of Hetauda. In the contact tracing done for the woman from Bahrabise Municipality-9 who had recently died due to corona virus infection, list of 55 people have been prepared for swab test.
In Gandaki Province,
- Number of swabs till date: 1,058
- Negative swabs: 913
- Pending results: 142
- Number of RDT till date: 6,948
In Province 5, Ghorahi Sub-metropolitan has started rescuing more than a thousand of their citizens stranded at the Nepal-India border. These people are stranded around Koilabas and Krishnanagar Custom area therefore two buses have been sent to bring them and send them for quarantine. CDO of Bardiya district has informed that they are sort of necessary equipment to protect them from the coronavirus. They have lack of PPE, sanitizers and masks.
In Karnali Province, RDT was conducted on 17 people staying in the quarantine of Namkha rural municipality-5 Yari and one test resulted suspicious. Swab of that person will be sent for PCR on 18 May. Due to the lockdown, 250 needy families of Simkot rural municipality-7 were provided relief after the reference of a local social worker.
In Sudur Paschim Province, out of 24 RDT conducted on 17 May 2020, one has tested positive. The person has been kept in isolation and his swab has been sent for PCR along with other five swabs. 34 RDT has been found positive in Bajhang District. Everyone staying in the quarantine of Kanchanpur after returning from India were sent back home. There were 623 of them. People rescued from different parts of India on 15 and 16 May have resulted negative in their RDT. There were 759 of them and were brought from Gaurifanta border.
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