Update of April 26 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 303,065 after additional 3,442 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on April 26, 2021.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 277,951 of the total infected have recovered.
On April 26, the rate of recovery reached 91.5% along with the 378 latest recovered. According to the Ministry, 12,400 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
Out of the total number of tests conducted on April 26, 27% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 12.5% people diagnosed positive till now. On April 26, 336 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 3,176. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 12 people died on April 26. There are 22,434 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Parsa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kaski, Dang, Rupandehi and Banke.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 20,535 are in home isolation and 1,899 are in organizational isolation. Similarly, 268 are in the ICU and 78 are under the support of a ventilator.
According to Morang Representative Netra Prasad Adhikari, health workers of Koshi Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Centre in Biratnagar have been protesting since April 26, stopping the treatment of the infected people.
With the beginning of the second wave of COVID-19, health workers including doctors and nurses have started protesting, leaving the treatment of the infected.
They have started the protest claiming that they have not received the minimum wage and other facilities fixed by the government and they will not return to work until the demand is met.
One of the doctors said that during the time of giving special attention to the patient, they are compelled to protest for minimum facilities.
Due to the movement of health workers, the situation has become complicated. Koshi Hospital COVID-19 treatment centre has 180 beds.
Six nurses, three paramedics, and five doctors are working in the centre and 32 infected are being treated.
The lives of the infected have been further threatened after the treatment was affected due to the protest. Doctors, nurses and paramedics appointed by the Ministry of Social Development of the provincial government last August have said that they have received salary allowance and facilities only till mid-November.
Health workers have complained that the food provided to the patients is of poor quality. Dr. Chuman Lal Das, Medical Superintendent of Koshi Hospital, Biratnagar, said that he had received information that the provincial government was serious about addressing the legitimate demands raised by the health workers.
According to Kathmandu Representative Bimala Poudel, non-essential services and transportation have been suspended in the Kathmandu Valley from 6 am of April 29 to 12 am on May 5.
Chief District Officers of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts have issued separate orders in the evening of April 26 to stop non-essential services.
As per the order issued by the Chief District Officers, all the shops except food and medicine shops will be closed for a week from April 29.
All kinds of meetings, conferences, seminars, cinema halls, party palaces, swimming pools, shopping malls, entertainment venues, salons, beauty parlours, gyms, group games, libraries, museum and zoos have been closed in Kathmandu Valley.
Chief District Officer at the District Administration Office, Kathmandu, Kali Prasad Parajuli informed that public and private vehicles will be closed from April 29, 2021 to May 5, 2021 midnight.
According to Banke Representative Smriti Devkota, a prohibitory order has been issued in Banke from midnight of April 26 to May 3, 2021, said Chief District Officer Shiva Ram Gelal. He said only emergency services, ambulances, fire brigade, hearse, security personnel and health workers’ vehicles would be allowed to operate during the ban and health, electricity, telecommunications, drinking water, petroleum products, waste management, gas, vegetables, food, bank ATMs, medicine stores and air services will be allowed to operate.
According to Surkhet Representative Durga Thapa, a prohibitory order has been issued with effect from the night of April 27 after more than 300 active infections were found in the district. According to Surkhet Chief District Officer Chhavilal Rijal, a one-week long order has been issued in Surkhet district as per the decision of the meeting held on April 26.
According to Salyan Representative Meena Budhathoki, after the staffs of the Chhatreswari Rural Municipality were diagnosed positive with COVID-19, the services provided by the office has been suspended from April 26 to April 30. Similarly, the Municipal Education Branch in Sarada Municipality has decided to close the schools of Sarada Municipality from April 26 to May 4 due to the increased risk of COVID-19.
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