Update of January 19 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 267,992 after additional 348 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on January 19, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 262,295 of the total infected have recovered. On January 19, the rate of recovery reached 97.9% along with the 441 latest recovered. The ministry reported that 3,764 people are being treated. Out of which 2,880 are in home isolation, 161 are being treated in ICU, and 35 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 1,969. According to the Ministry, 4,956 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. There aren’t any active cases in Solukhumbu, Bhojpur, Nawal Parasi West, Rukum West, Kalikot, and Mugu, while Kathmandu has more than 500 active cases.
In Bagmati Province,
According to Kathmandu Representative Bimala Poudel, a doctor was beaten at the TU Teaching Hospital after a patient treated by him died on January 19 due to COVID-19. According to SSP Ashok Singh of Kathmandu Metropolitan Police, the police have arrested the 36-year-old son of the deceased on the charge of beating up Dr. Sabin Bhandari for the negligence of the hospital administration and doctor. The accused has been kept at the Metropolitan Police Circle, Maharajgunj for further investigation. The deceased patient was brought to Kathmandu from Butwal on January 16 for further treatment. He was being treated at the hospital for pneumonia and after further examination, he was shifted to the COVID-19 ward and he died while undergoing treatment. The relatives of the deceased had protested saying that the pneumonia patient was kept in the COVID room and treated. The incident is being discussed between the relatives of the deceased and the hospital administration, said Dinesh Kafle, director of TU Teaching Hospital.
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