Update of May 21 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 497,052 after additional 8,407 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 21, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 374,836 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 75.4% along with the 7,890 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 22,353 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 21, 38% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17.2% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 21, 795 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 6,024. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 177 people died on May 22. There are 116,192 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 Sunsari, wards 2, 6 and 10 of Barakhshetra municipality have been sealed for one week with effect from May 21. In Morang representative, the Biratnagar High Court has issued an interim order to the state government and the Biratnagar Metropolitan City on May 21 to arrange vaccination against Covid-19. The order was passed by a single bench of Justice Krishna Kamal Adhikari after a preliminary debate on the writ filed by advocate Mayur Agrawal against the Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Social Development, Biratnagar Metropolitan City, Metropolitan Chief Bhim Parajuli and Health Division.
In Province 2,
In Saptari, the Saptakoshi Municipality has banned the movement of people and also the operation of bicycles and rickshaws. Mayor Uttam Kumar Sharma has published a notice stating that all vehicles including shops, markets, rickshaws and bicycles have been banned from operating in the city from May 21.
In Bagmati Province,
In Kathmandu, Chandragiri municipality has been sealed for two more days. It has been done again for two days as per the decision of Chandragiri Municipality at the main entrance of Kathmandu Valley.
In Gandaki Province,
The prohibition order imposed by the District Administration Office Parbat has been extended for another week. The administration office has stated that the work of projects of national pride and public development projects will not be stopped during the period of the prohibition order and the work of infrastructure construction will be coordinated in all the projects.
In Karnali Province,
In Salyan, there is a problem in keeping detainees in the district jail due to lack of building. Jailer Bal Bahadur KC said that it was not possible due to lack of building despite the government’s directive to release the detainees accused of violating the restraining order. He said that the detainees were forced to be kept with other inmates due to lack of building.
In Humla, Bhakta Bahadur Budha, a local of Tajakot rural municipality-2, has complained that the patients suffering from cold, headache and fever are not being treated at the health posts in Adanchuli, Tajakot, Sarkegad and Chakhenli. There are no doctors posted in all the seven rural municipalities of the district. Although there are eight doctors in the district hospital, only four are currently working. According to Lalkesh Jaisi, district chairperson of the UCPN-M, there is no provision of quarantine, ventilator, oxygen and antigen kit for the infected people in the villages. Chairman of Tajakot Rural Municipality Bagdal Malla said that they could not provide adequate equipment and doctors due to lack of budget.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
In Dadeldhura, the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Center has extended the prohibition order issued in the district till May 30, saying that the situation of Covid infection is becoming complicated. In Baitadi, six people have died in a month in Dhik village of Dogadakedar rural municipality-2 with symptoms similar to those of Covid-19.
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