Update of May 15 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 447,704 after additional 8,167 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 15, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 333,108 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 74.4% along with the 5,455 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 17,971 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 15, 45% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 16.3% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 15, 683 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 4,856. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 187 people died on May 15. There are 109,740 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Parsa, Mahottari, Bara, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Kaski, Nawalparasi East, Gorkha, Tanahu, Dang, Rupandehi, Banke, Palpa, Bardiya, Kapilbastu, Nawalparasi West, Surkhet, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi and Achham.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 73 districts have been following complete or partial prohibition till May 15, 2021.
In Province 1,
In Morang, according to the Ministry of Social Development, the second wave of COVID-19 in Province 1 has killed more people in the age group of 31 to 60 years. According to the doctors, 89 people in the age group of 31 to 60 years have died in the province due in the second wave of COVID-19. Before the second wave, senior citizens were vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine, which reduced the infection, said Nawaraj Subba, a senior public health expert.
According to the Ministry of Social Development, 340 children under 10 years have been infected in Province 1 from March 14 to May 14, 2021. Of the 1,008 people in the age group of 11 to 20 years, three have died. Among 3,040 people infected between the age group of 21 to 30, seven have died.
Among the 2,863 people infected between the age of 31 to 40, 18 have died and 30 have died out of 2,098 infected in the age group of 41 to 50 years. Likewise, of the 1,645 people in the age group of 51 to 60 years, 41 died.
According to the Ministry of Social Development of the Province, 29 out of 791 people in the age group of 61 to 70 have died due to the second wave of COVID-19 from March 14 to May 14.
Of the 472 infected people over the age of 71, 30 have died. According to the Ministry of Social Development, 158 people have died due to the second wave of the pandemic in Province 1 till May 14, 2021.
In Bagmati Province,
Two patient of COVID-19 died due to lack of oxygen and inability to operate a ventilator at Dhading Hospital. Both of them were referred to Trishuli Hospital, Nuwakot due to lack of oxygen at Dhading Hospital. Meanwhile, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the Dhading district has reached 25. The hospital has stated that more than 30 cylinders of oxygen are required every day and the problem is due to a lack of oxygen even though there are available cylinders.
In Gandaki Province,
Madhyabindu District Hospital of Nawalparasi East is facing a shortage of oxygen. At present, 27 COVID-19 infected people are being treated at the district hospital and they require the same amount of oxygen. The district hospital has five cylinders of oxygen and it can meet the demand for only two hours. Even though the oxygen cylinder is enough in the hospital, there is a problem to refill them. There was a lack of oxygen as the industry was filling only five cylinders at a time. Due to the increased risk of Covid-19, non-essential services flowing from government offices under Bhimsen Thapa rural municipality Gorkha have been shut down from May 15. A notice published by the rural municipality has stopped the operation of vehicles except ambulances, hearses, food items, vegetables, agricultural products, construction materials, medicines and health items, vehicles used for urgent work, vehicles used by health workers and bank employees. The Kathekhola rural municipality of Baglung has decided to issue a prohibitory order in the rural municipality for 15 days from May 15 to May 29 to prevent and control the Covid-19 infection.
In Karnali Province,
A meeting of the COVID Crisis Management Committee, Jumla held on May 15 has extended the district-wide prohibition from May 15 to May 25. PCR testing has been stopped in Rukum West Aathbiskot Municipality due to a lack of antigen testing kits. The critically ill patients of COVID-19 were sent to Chaurjahari from Aathbiskot Municipality as oxygen cylinders and antigen kits were not available there.
In Sudurpaschim Province,
In Bajura, as the number of Covid infected people increased in the villages, health workers have been sent from door to door in Himali Rural Municipality and patients with symptoms similar to Covid-19 are being diagnosed. Health worker Swarna Singh informed that 22 health workers were mobilized in the door-to-door program. So far, 21 people in Himali rural municipality have tested positive for COVID. Similarly, teachers of Choyakot Secondary School of Badimalika Municipality-3 have been conducting public awareness programs in localities. In Baitadi, there is no ambulance service in Purchaundi Municipality, Surnaya Rural Municipality and Sigas Rural Municipality of the district. Right now an ambulance is needed to take the emergency patients to the hospital due to the increase in the cases of Covid-19but there is the lack of ambulance at the local level. Though 11 ambulances are in operation in the district, there are problems in the municipalities without ambulances, informed Yogesh Prasad Bhat, Chief of the Health Office.
In Kailali, the family of the patients have been complaining about the delay in the management of the bodies of those who died of COVID-19 at the Seti Provincial Hospital. As the daily mortality rate is increasing, it has become difficult to manage the corpses immediately. According to Shivaraj Joshi, Information Officer at the District Administration Office, Kailali, the relatives of the deceased have been delaying in receiving the bodies. According to Dilip Kumar Shrestha, information officer at Seti Provincial Hospital, 254 people have died due to the second wave of Covid with new variants till May 14, 2021.
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