Update of May 20 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 488,645 after additional 8,227 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 20, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 366,946 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 75.1% along with the 6,546 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 21,695 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 20, 38% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17.1% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 20, 756 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 5,847. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 190 people died in May 20. There are 115,852 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, Ramechhap, Kaski, Nawalparasi East, Gorkha, Tanahu, Syangja, 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.
In Province 1,
In Sankhuwasabha, the chief of the health department of Panchkhapan Municipality, Raj Kumar Yadav, informed that the municipality has decided to close all non-essential services as the number of people infected with covid is increasing day by day. An emergency meeting of the Covid-19 Municipal Response Committee of the municipality has stated that non-essential services will be closed till May 26, 2021.
In Province 2,
In Dhanusha, Covid infection has been diagnosed in 46 people of Lota Dudhpani of Mithila Municipality-11. After collecting swabs of 54 people from the village and testing them, 46 people were diagnosed with Covid-19. Two of the infected are in critical condition and are undergoing treatment in Sindhuli. The municipality has banned the entry of new people in the village after finding the number of Covid infected people in the village with 60 households. As the number of covid infections has increased, local levels have set up isolation rooms and covid special hospitals at their local level.
In Bagmati Province,
In Sindhupalchowk, the Chautara Sagachokgadhi Municipality has been sealed for the purpose of preventing the spread of Covid-19 infection in 149 people including the mayor and deputy mayor of Chautara Sagachokgadhi Municipality on the same day. In Dolakha, health workers and sanitation workers working at various health centres in Dolakha are at high risk due to the rising Covid-19 infection and have demanded safe supplies. Health workers have complained that the lack of safe supplies has increased the risk, even though it is common for hospital doctors and staff nurses to be at risk during the pandemic.
In Gandaki Province,
The meeting of the District Covid Crisis Management Committee (DCCMC) Baglung has decided not to recognize the unauthorized swab collection. In Dhorpatan Municipality of Baglung, some individuals and organizations have decided not to recognize the swabs collected on May 20 saying that they have collected the swabs without permission. In Syangja, the villagers have obstructed the funeral of a 94-year-old woman of Andhikhola Rural Municipality. The son and daughter-in-law of the deceased is undergoing treatment in Pokhara after the infection was confirmed on May 18, therefore the neighbours suspected Covid-19 in the deceased as well and obstructed her funeral.
In Myagdi, a prohibitory order issued at three local levels of Mustang has been extended. According to Chief District Officer Hiradevi Poudel, the meeting decided to extend the prohibition for 10 days in accordance with Article 6 (3) of the Local Administration Act 2028 and Article 2 of the Infectious Diseases Act 2020. In Kaski, the prohibition order has been extended in Kaski district till May 29.
In Lumbini Province,
In Rupendehi, Lumbini Provincial Hospital, Butwal has developed a covid management protocol. The hospital has stated that the covid management protocol has been prepared and issued as it is useful during the period of covid infection. The protocol has been prepared in accordance with the protocol of the Government of Nepal and other hospitals including the patient’s condition, treatment, medication and method to be adopted.
In Karnali Province,
In Rukum West, a 15-day prohibitory order has been extended in Rukum West till June 5. Along with this, the district administration office has added a prohibition order for the third time.
In Sudurpaschim Province,
In Dadeldhura, the district administration office has urged to adopt one-door system in collecting relief and financial assistance. Chief District Officer Hari Prasad Ghimire has requested to conduct financial collection and relief programs through one-door system saying that attention has been drawn to the fund raising work in the name of relief fund in the district recently. Api Power Company has handed over 35 oxygen cylinders to Marma rural municipality. Api Power Company has handed over 10 oxygen cylinders to Marma Village Covid Hospital, 10 units to Gokuleshwor Hospital through Area Police Office Gokuleshwor and 15 units to District Hospital Darchula through District Police Office.
Similarly, the Health Office, Darchula has started a phone health service to provide counselling to the infected people living in home isolation and to monitor the infected people in a timely manner to help in the treatment as the covid infection is on the rise, said Health Office, Chief Jayaraj Bhatta.
In Baitadi, there is a lack of basic health supplies in the district. According to Jagdish Lekhak, the manager of Lekhak Medical Store in Dasharathchanda Municipality-4, Gothalapani, the doctors here lack basic health items including masks, sanitisers and gloves.
In Kailali, the number of covid infected is increasing day by day. Doctors involved in the treatment informed that although medicines such as meropenem, levofloxacin, and heparin prevent blood infections and pneumonia, there is a shortage of these drugs, as well as vitamin C, zinc, dexamethasone, and remedisivir, according to doctors involved in the treatment.
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