Update of August 15 Regarding Corona Virus Infection
Coronavirus has now infected more than 26,000 people in Nepal. On August 15, an additional 468 cases were diagnosed with which there are now 26,019 corona virus-infected people in Nepal. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 17,201 have been discharged after recovery. On August 15, 124 were discharged. At present, there are 8,716 people being treated in different hospitals nationwide. Out of the total infected, 66.1% have recovered. Till now, the death toll has reached 102 out of which 80 are males and 22 are females. According to the Ministry, in the past 24 hours, 11,047 swabs were tested. According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population, Jageshwor Gautam, the highest death rate due to coronavirus is in Province 2, 44 people have died in the province due to the infection.
In Province 2,
In Province 2, 7,418 people have been infected with corona till August 15, of which 3,545 have returned home after treatment. At present, 3,827 infected people are undergoing treatment in the province. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 46 people have died of the virus as of August 15.
According to the District Representative of Saptari, Manohar Kumar Pokharel, 27 police officers from Province Police Training Centre and Province 2 Janakpur Contact Office were diagnosed positive with coronavirus which raised a question of their management, informed Dr Ranjit Kumar Jha, managing coordinator of COVID-19 and acting medical superintendent of Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital.
A 54-year-old trader of Saptakoshi Municipality-1 has been diagnosed with corona infection after which on August 15 the municipality released a notice saying: ‘extremely important information’ and requested the locals not to travel from one ward to other, one house to other and market.
According to the District Representative of Siraha, Durga Pariyar, According to Chief District Officer Pradip Raj Kandel, a corona infected person escaped from Mahendra Genai Isolation Hospital in Dhangadhimai Municipality-1 on August 15. A 23-year-old man in Siraha Jail was sent to Rajbiraj’s laboratory for testing after collecting swabs on August 9 and was taken to Mahendra Genai Hospital for treatment on the same day. The security personnel are looking for him.
A 40-year-old man of Bishnupur Rural Municipality-1 has died of corona infection at Koshi Hospital in Biratnagar on July 13 at 8 pm.
According to the District Representative of Dhanusha, Dipendra Prasad Singh, the victim side has alleged that a 50-year-old man living in Janakandani Rural Municipality-4 died due to lack of treatment. He died on the way to Kathmandu after private hospitals in Janakpur denied for his treatment. The patient was not admitted to various private hospitals in Janakpur even when requested to do so. Chief District Officer of Dhanusha, SP, Ministers of the provinces, MPs and doctors of the provincial hospitals were not admitted even when requested to treat the patients. In the end, he died at 3 o’clock in the morning while being taken in the ambulance after being referred to Kathmandu by the Janakpur Provincial Hospital.
According to the District Representative of Rautahat, Kopila Timalsina, the Rautahat district administration has extended the prohibitory for another seven days till August 23.
In Bagmati Province,
A total of 143 people have been infected with the coronavirus in this province including 80 in Kathmandu, 17 in Makwanpur, nine each in Lalitpur, Chitwan, Kavre, Bhaktapur, five in Dolakha, three in Ramechhap, one each in Sindhuli and Rasuwa. The number of those infected has reached 2,661. Of them, 641 have returned home after treatment while 2,003 are undergoing treatment at various hospitals and isolation centres. So far, the death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 17 in the province.
According to the District Representative of Chitwan, Dipendra Adhikari, a doctor working in the ICU ward of Bharatpur Hospital has been confirmed with infection of coronavirus after which the swabs of patients and other nurses of the ICU has been sent for testing. Just a few days ago, the Ratnanagar Bakulahar Hospital in Ratnanagar, Chitwan had stopped all services except emergency, dialysis and maternity after corona infection was confirmed in the doctors working at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Bharatpur-based Shree Pushpanjali Hospital has started treatment for corona infection. A 61-year-old man from Ratnanagar Municipality-9 has been diagnosed with coronavirus and is undergoing treatment at the hospital, said hospital manager Sujan Adhikari.
So far, 15 health workers in the district have been infected with the coronavirus. Seven of the infected health workers have recovered and returned to work. Eleven security personnel deployed in the district have also been confirmed to be infected with corona.
According to the District Representative of Dolakha, Udhhab Pokharel, according to the District Crisis Management Committee, Dolakha, the district has been locked from morning of August 15 to 12 noon of August 22. Chief District Officer of Dolakha, Bhim Kant Sharma, said that the decision has been taken to search for those who have come in contact with the coronavirus, precautionary measures and to prevent further spread.
According to the District Representative of Kathmandu, Bimala Paudel, the District Administration Office, Kathmandu has banned some activities including trade and business due to the increasing infection of coronavirus. Chief District Officer Janak Raj Dahal issued an order on August 15, saying that despite the increased risk of infection, activities such as crowds, gatherings, and processions have been banned.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Dakshinkali Municipality, Amrika Balami, said that the decision has been taken to control the increase of corona infection as the number of people coming from outside districts is increasing in the municipality. They have decided to initiate lockdown from August 15 to August 24.
In Gandaki Province,
According to the District Representative of Gorkha, Hariram Uprety, the Palungtar Municipality has suspended non-essential services after a 32-year-old woman with no travel history was diagnosed with corona infection. Mayor Deepak Babu Kandel said that high vigilance has been adopted after a woman who went to Chitwan for treatment was found to have corona infection. The meeting of the stakeholders held on August 15 closed down all the offices, industries, businesses, banks and financial institutions except the ambulances, medicines, food and vegetables, industry, business, banks and financial institutions, fairs and transportation till August 23.
According to the District Representative of Baglung, Sirjana Pant, The Badigad Municipality of Baglung has been sealed indefinitely from the night of August 15.
According to the District Representative of Parbat, Santosh Thapa, the Corona Prevention and Management Committee has launched a campaign of mandatory masks in the district since August 15. DSP Bishwaraj Adhikari said that immediate fine will be charged to those who do not use masks.
In Province 5,
According to the District Representative of Rupandehi, Rima BC, A 40-year-old man of Mayadevi Rural Municipality-7 of Kapilvastu district has died at the Corona Special Hospital in Thread Factory of Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal on August 15 during treatment. Although the deceased came from India three months ago and the initial test report was negative, the corona infection was confirmed by the Gene Expert and also tested positive in the repeated PCR test. According to Dr. Sudarshan Thapa, Corona Focal Person of Lumbini Provincial Hospital, the deceased was diagnosed with a lung infection and died during the treatment in the hospital.
In Karnali Province,
According to the District Representative of Surkhet, Durga Thapa in order to prevent and control the growing coronavirus infection in Karnali, the state government is preparing to increase the isolation beds and install extraction machines to increase the scope of swab testing. Minister for Social Development Dal Rawal said that the provincial government is installing extraction machines at Karnali Institute of Health Sciences Jumla and Karnali Provincial Hospital Surkhet with the support of the federal government. Minister Rawal said that preparations are being made to install extraction machines in both the places within this week.
Meanwhile, the Karnali Province Crisis Management Centre has decided to tighten the border checkpoints to reduce the growing corona risk in the Province and to submit a PCR report three days before entering the Province. A meeting chaired by Chairperson of the Management Centre and Karnali Province’s Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi on August 13 also decided to add ICU rooms and ventilators in Kalikot, Dailekh and Salyan districts.
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