Update of April 27 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 307,925 after additional 4,364 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on April 27, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 278,506 of the total infected have recovered.
On April 27, the rate of recovery reached 90.5% along with the 555 latest recovered. According to the Ministry, 14,672 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on April 27, 30% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 12.7% people diagnosed positive till now. On April 27, 384 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 3,194. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 18 people died on April 27. There are 26,225 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Parsa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kaski, Dang, Rupandehi and Banke. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 23,352 are in home isolation and 2,873 are in institutional isolation. Similarly, 315 are in the ICU and 84 are under the support of a ventilator.
According to Saptari representative Manohar Kumar Pokhrel, police have arrested 11 principals and teachers of various private schools in Rajbiraj on April 26, 2021, on the charge of disobeying the government’s decision to close the schools for the prevention and control of COVID-19 infection.
A team of Mayor of Rajbiraj Municipality Shambhu Prasad Yadav, Chief District Officer of Saptari Phanindra Mani Pokhrel, SP Rajendra Prasad Dhamla of District Police Office Saptari and various ward chairpersons of Rajbiraj Municipality arrested 11 people from private schools.
According to the District Police Office, Saptari, Director of Shib’s Boarding School, Naresh Pratap Sah, a resident of Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 and director of Little Flower Secondary School in Rajbiraj Municipality-2, Dr. Kamananda Dev, director of Angel Boarding School Narendra Prasad Dev and director of Srijana Secondary Boarding School in Rajbiraj Municipality-1 Reema Jha have been arrested.
According to DSP Madhav Prasad Kafle of District Police Office, Saptari, Umakanta Sah of Rajbiraj Municipality-2, Shailendra Kumar Thakur of Rajbiraj Municipality-5, Rajesh Kumar Yadav of Laxmi English Boarding School in Rajbiraj Municipality-8, Baidhanath Kumar Jha, Buland Sah, Green English Boarding School teacher Manoj Yadav of Rajbiraj Municipality-1 and Harikisun Ram, a teacher of Janaki Secondary School in Rajbiraj Municipality-5 were arrested.
The District Administration Office, Rajbiraj Municipality and District Crisis Management Centre had decided to conduct educational activities through virtual and alternative teaching and learning methods without physically attending on April 20 and 21. Chief District Officer Pokharel said that some private schools were found to be operating in defiance of the decision.
According to Parsa representative Krishna Chandra Lamichhane, a prohibitory order has been issued in Parsa from 4 am on April 29 to 12pm on May 5, 2021. A meeting of the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre (DCCMC) had decided to recommend the Chief District Officer to issue a prohibitory order on April 27 considering the increasing number of covid infections in Parsa district.
In Parsa the infection rate is high, the meeting of DCCMC focused on control, treatment and management of the infected. DCCMC has also requested the National Medical College to make arrangements for the treatment of covid patients with the criteria prescribed by the Government of Nepal.
For now, DCCMC has decided to request the two provincial governments for the establishment, operation and management of a dedicated hospital for the treatment of 200 hundred COVID infected people. The meeting has appealed to the local level to manage the issue of keeping the citizens from abroad in isolation for at least 10 days. The meeting decided to set up a holding centre for Thakur Ram Multipurpose Campus and operate it under the supervision of the Nepal Army.
According to Dhading representative Sitaram Adhikari, Dhading Hospital has opened a 50-bed temporary COVID-19 hospital in the newly constructed District Forest Office, Dhading from April 29 as per the decision of the District Crisis Management Centre. The new variant of COVID-19 is diagnosed in the district and isolation of 50 beds with oxygen has been managed.
The hospital has 50 cylinders of oxygen. Two people have been sent to Dhading Hospital in Kathmandu for treatment. Netravati Dabjong rural municipality has been sealed.
According to Gorkha representative Hariram Upreti, Kyamuntar village of Bhimsen Thapa rural municipality-7 has been sealed after 29 people from the same village were diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. Chairperson Ishwor Pandey said that the villagers have been requested not to go out of their houses fromthe morning of April 28.
While testing the swab of 31 people on April 25, the reports of 25 people from Kyamuntar came positive on April 27.
According to Surkhet representative Durga Thapa, with the onset of the second wave of covid-19, the pressure of covid infected people has increased at the Karnali Province covid-19 Hospital in Birendranagar. Twenty-eight infected people have been undergoing treatment at Covid Hospital for the past three days.
Dr. Dummer Khadka, director of covid Hospital in Birendranagar, the capital of Karnali, said that 27 of the patients were being treated with oxygen.
According to Salyan representative Meena Budhathoki, the federal government has urged the locals to keep the returnees from India and other countries in safe quarantine for 10 days to prevent the spread of COVID infection but locals have complained that the 10 local levels have not yet made arrangements for quarantine, isolation and health check-ups.
According to Bajura representative Padma Bahadur Singh, a meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee, Bajura has decided to close the educational institutions in the district until further notice. According to Gopal Kumar Adhikari, coordinator of the crisis management committee and chief district officer, it was decided to close the educational institutions as the second phase of the infection is spreading.
According to Doti representative Basudev Joshi, Tichhada village of Shikhar Municipality-1 Kapalle has been sealed from April 26 to May 3, 2021. Khadak Shahi, Ward Chairman of Shikhar Municipality-1, said that the village was sealed after a 28-year-old woman from Tichda village, who had returned to Nepal from India, died at home on April 26.
According to Achham representative Shivaraj Dhungana, the patients have been suffering due to non-operation of ventilators and ICUs in the district hospital Mangalsen due to lack of skilled manpower. Ganga Budhamgar, information officer at the hospital, said that the service could not be brought into operation due to a lack of trained health officers and other health workers including the ventilator and ICU provided by the Sudur Paschim Provincial Government six months ago.
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