Update of 7 June Regarding Corona Virus Infection
On 7 June, additional 213 cases of coronavirus infection has been diagnosed in Nepal and with this, there are 3,448 people suffering from the disease nationwide. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 71 districts out of 77 has the spread of this infection. Out of the total number of infected people, 3,212 are males and 236 are females. There are 939 people below 20 years of age and 35 above 60 years. Out of 259 infected in Province 1, 91 have been discharged after recovery. Province 2 has the highest number of infected people, out of 1,161 infected people, one has died and 186 have been discharged after recovery. At present, Bagmati Province has the least number of infected people. Out of 92 infected ones, 32 have been discharged and three have died. In Gandaki Province, three have been discharged out of 111 infected people. In Province 5, 1,081 are infected and four have died whereas133 have been discharged after recovery. There are 633 infected in Karnali out of which three have died and nine have been discharged. In Sudur Paschim Province, 13 have been discharged out of 111 infected. By the evening of 7 June 2020, except for Illam, Okhaldhunga, Rasuwa, Manag, Mustang and Rukum East, other remaining district has witnessed the spread of COVID-19.
In Province 1, on 7 June, additional 10 cases were diagnosed. Now, there are 257 infected in Province 1. Till 7 June, 90 of them have been discharged after recovery.
According to the District Representative of Morang, Netra Prasad Adhikari, Purbanchal University will be admitting the patients through online processing for the Corona Treatment Centre which is regulated by the Provincial Government, informed the Social Development Minister Jivan Ghimire. Bringing the patient to the hospital and waiting for the admission will be time consuming therefore beds will be booked for them through online process. They will be provided with bed number and bed location.
In Province 2, on 7 June, additional 83 cases were diagnosed. Now, there are 1,149 infected in Province 2. Till 7 June, 203 of them have been discharged after recovery. According to the District Representative of Saptari, Manohar Kumar Pokharel, health workers have started testing swabs for COVID-19 with Real-Time PCR Machine which was installed in the laboratory of Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital, Rajbiraj. Initially 24 swabs were tested and 26 were tested in the second time. Previously, swab samples were sent to BP Koirala Health Science Academy, Dharan and they had to wait for a week for the result. According to the District Representative of Sarlahi, Budhan Sah, reports of the sample collected by the people who had returned from India and are staying in the quarantine of Higher Secondary School Babrganj have been pending from nine days. The quarantine is ill managed and they do not get food or snacks on time. People staying in that quarantine have started doing mischiefs and running out of the quarantine after being disappointed from the quarantine management. According to the District Representative of Rautahat, Kopila Timilsina, the businessmen of Garuda Municipality have started protesting after their business was halted for a long time after lockdown. They have demanded to dismiss their taxes, charges for electricity and drinking water and bank instalments.
In Bagmati Province, one each additional case was discovered in Dhading and Sindhupalchowk on 7 June 2020. With this, there are 92 coronavirus infected in this province. According to the District Representative of Dhading, Sita Ram Adhikari, there is scarcity of protection equipment for the healthworkers working at the Dhading hospital since the hospital has been allocated as the hospital for coronavirus patients treatment. According to the District Representative of Bhaktapur, Ramesh Giri, people brought back from Dubai on 5 June were kept at Kharipati of Bhaktapur since the holding centre of Kathmandu was full. On 5 June, 40 of them were taken to Bhaktapur. Out of them, 24 have already been sent back to their respective districts and remaining 18 are still in Kharipati.
In Gandaki Province, according to the District Representative of Gorkhar, there are additional 10 cases of coronavirus diagnosed on 7 June. One of them is a rape accused brought from District Police Office. Contact tracing has been started in the prison as well now. He is now at the isolation ward of Gorkha Hospital. According to the District Representative of Kaski, Sushan Ghimire, even the ministers and members of the parliament are not following social distancing which has increased the risk of infection. They have been instructed by speaker of the provincial assembly Netra Nath Adhikari to not go out of the province’s headquarter after their PCR test to protect themselves from coronavirus infection. The provincial government has spent Rs 2.5 million to prepare Pokhara Sabhagriha for Provincial Assembly so that they can have a secure place for meetings. According to the District Representative of Baglung, there are additional 10 cases diagnosed from Badigad rural municipality and Dhorpatan in the district on 7 June because of which the concerned authorities are confused regarding their management. Due to the increment of infected people, they had recently added 12 isolation beds for them. There are 19 infected people being treated at the Dhaulagri hospital’s isolation ward and now there are only five empty beds remaining. The newly infected are kept in Dhaulagiri Multiple Campus. A pre isolation ward with 24 beds was constructed in the campus.
In Province 5, 11 corona infected people kept in the isolation of the health post of Kapilbastu municipality-10, Rehara have returned back to their quarantines because they did not get any facility in the isolation. There was scarcity of drinking water, proper food and accommodation difficulties. They were not even provided with basic medicine for headache. In Bardiya’s Badhaital rural municipality, one staff and one health worker of the health post was diagnosed with the disease of corona after which the rural municipality and the health post is closed for three days. The work of contact tracing is on-going. All the health workers are kept in quarantine at the health post. A 55-year-old driver of the Chief District Officer of Bardiya was also diagnosed with the infection after which the District Administration Office (DAO) was sealed and 19 swabs have been collected. The DAO will be closed until the swab reports arrive.
In Karnali Province, according to the District Representative of Surkhet, Durga Thapa, after the increment of corona cases in the province, INSEC and other civil organisations have been demanding with the government for proper quarantine management and PCR examination.
In Sudur Paschim Province, according to the District Representative of Baitadi, Nari Badu, final rituals of the 30-year-old who died on 6 June and was staying in the quarantine of Bhimdatta Technical School was conducted on 7 June. He was cremated without a PCR test. His family did the final rituals without waiting for the result of the test since they had recently returned from the green zone in India. Normally, after a person dies due to COVID, the Nepal Army waits for the result of the PCR test and then manages the dead body. According to the District Representative of Kailali, Maina Moti Chaudhary, 62 people staying in the quarantine of Gauriganga Municipality-6 Amar Secondary School have demanded a PCR test and protested around the municipality office. These people had been staying in the quarantine from a really long time and have not been tested yet. Samples of those who resulted positive with RDT have not given their PCR yet. Due to this, the people staying in the quarantine have started protesting.
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