Update of May 19 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 480,418 after additional 8,064 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 19, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 360,403 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 75% along with the 7,989 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 21,139 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 19, 38% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 19, 718 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 5,657. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 246 people died on May 19. There are 114,358 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Parsa, Mahottari, Bara, Saptari, Siraha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Kaski, Nawalparasi East, Gorkha, Tanahu, Syangja, Myagdi, Dang, Rupandehi, Banke, Palpa, Bardiya, Kapilbastu, Arghakhanchi, Nawalparasi West, Surkhet, Salyan, Dailekh, Dadeldhura, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi, Doti and Achham.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 74 districts have been following complete or partial prohibition till May 19, 2021, no further information have been received later.
In Province 1,
In Panchthar, it has become difficult to operate 50 beds including ventilator and ICU as the construction agency responsible for the construction has not completed the work within the allocated time. Chief of the District Coordination Committee, Bimal Prasad Sapkota, said that there was a problem in purchasing equipment and managing manpower therefore construction work was not completed within the stipulated time. As there is no well-equipped hospital in the district, the critically ill have to be taken elsewhere.
In Sunsari, the Itahari Submetropolitan-3 has been sealed after the residents of Sunaulo Tole fell sick. Out of nine antigen test, seven reported positive. Twenty-five people from the same locality fell ill. According to the locals, 25 people in seven households have symptoms like fever, cough and diarrhoea. Mehta Tole of Inaruwa Municipality-2 has been sealed from May 19. According to the District Administration Office, Sunsari, Inaruwa Municipality-2 has been sealed due to the death of a 35-year-old COVID-19 infected person.
In Province 2,
In Bara, the District Administration Office has extended the prohibition order till May 30. In Siraha, Lahan Municipality has started collecting swabs for free PCR test for the citizens of Lahan Municipality from May 19, said Health Branch Coordinator Ram Sundar Yadav. He said that the swab collection has been started by setting up a swab collection centre at Pashupati Adarsh Secondary School in Lahan. Yadav also said that isolation of 25 beds has been established in Pashupati Adarsh High School. The health office in Parsa said that there was a problem in the covid test due to the lack of an antigen kit. The decision of the Sarlahi District Crisis Management Centre to give four units of ventilators to a private hospital could not be implemented due to lack of manpower. The decision was taken in the presence of Dr. Sanjay Singh of Unique Hospital and Shailendra Mohan Jhas, Director of Chhinnamasta Hospital.
In Bagmati Province,
The prohibitory order has been extended in Ras uwa for another 10 days till May 29. In Sindhupalchowk, the Jalbire Bazaar area in Balefi Rural Municipality-1 has been sealed from 10 am to 12 pm from May 19 until further notice.
The Changunarayan municipality has appealed for help after the Changunarayan Municipal Hospital, which has been treating the infected with Covid-19, faced problems due to lack of equipment. Chief of the municipality, Som Prasad Mishra, said that they have publicly called for the procurement of essential equipment for the hospital as the pressure of Covid infected has increased after the transformation of Corona Hospital for the past 10 days.
In Gandaki Province,
The District Administration Office Tanahu has ordered to postpone construction work other than the governmental construction. As a prohibition order has been issued in Tanahu district till May 29, it has been ordered to stop construction work other than government-run schemes and projects till that time, according to a statement issued by the District Administration Office.
In Nawalparasi Bardaghat Susta East, the OPD (outpatient service) at Chormara Primary Health Center in Madhyabindu Municipality has been closed since May 19. Amrit Gyawali, the ward chairperson of Madhyabindu Municipality-7 and chairperson of Chormara Primary Health Center, said that the outpatient service has been closed from May 19 until further notice to make necessary arrangements for the treatment of Covid-19 infected.
Stating that the infection of Covid-19 has spread at the community level, four boundaries have been identified in the Rangethanti Bazaar area of Andhikhola rural municipality, Syangja.
In Lumbini Province,
Liquid oxygen has been dispensed in a tank constructed by Bheri Hospital, Nepalgunj in the hospital premises for the treatment of COVID patients and the hospital has informed that they cannot admit new patients due to lack of oxygen. The liquid oxygen will be converted into gas from the central pipeline to the patient’s bed.
In Rupandehi, the Tolttama municipality has constructed a temporary covid hospital in the meeting hall of the municipality at ward no. 9. Mayor Basudev Ghimire said that the isolation centre in Shankarnagar could not withstand the pressure of the patients. The municipality has formed a committee under the coordination of Deputy Mayor Jageshwari Chaudhary to operate and manage the temporary hospital.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
In Kailali, 33 oxygen concentrators have been installed at the Seti Provincial Hospital due to lack of oxygen for the treatment of Covid patients. Dilip Kumar Shrestha, information officer at the provincial hospital, said that 33 oxygen concentrators have been installed at the Seti Provincial Hospital, including 24 from the federal government, six from the state health supply management center and three from Dhangadhi-based hardware entrepreneur Surendra Rathi.
In Bajura, Gaumul rural municipality has set up a 15-bed covid hospital with oxygen to treat the COVID infected people.
In Darchula, a meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center of Vyans rural municipality has decided to provide free ambulance service to the patients of Covid-19.
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