Update of May 22 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 505,043 after additional 8,597 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 22, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 383,684 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 75.8% along with the 8,848 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 19,357 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 22, 44% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17.4% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 22, 756 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 6,153. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 129 people died on May 22. There are 115,806 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 Saptari, the CPN-Maoist conducted a rally in Rajbiraj Bazaar on May 22 despite the prohibitory order. The District Crisis Management Centre has declared a no-entry zone for people and vehicles in all the markets of the district including Rajbiraj for an indefinite period from midnight of May 22. Along with the announcement, those who violate the prohibition order will be punished according to the Infectious Diseases Act 2020 and other prevailing laws.
In Bagmati Province,
In Ramechhap, the prohibition order has been extended till 12 noon on June 2 due to the increase in covid infection in the district. Six local levels of Kavre have been sealed due to the increase in Covid infection. The Panchkhal municipality area has been sealed from May 22 to June 6. Dhulikhel Municipality and Panauti Municipality have been sealed from May 22 to May 26. All the wards of Roshi rural municipality have been sealed from May 21 to May 26. Similarly, it has been decided to seal the Bhumlu rural municipality from May 23 to May 30. Similarly, Banepa and Namobuddha municipalities have been sealed from May 30. The sealed local level has requested to close all the non-essential shops.
With the increase in the number of covid infections in all the local levels of the Dolakha district, the local levels have become active for the immediate treatment of the infected. The district hospital Jiri, Charikot Provincial Hospital, Charikot and Singati Hospital in the northern business centre Singti have been upgraded as covid hospitals. Chief of the provincial hospital, Dr Binod Dangal, said that 43-bed isolation and 12-bed and 25-bed isolation have been set up at Singati Hospital to treat the covid infection. Isolation of 10-bed capacity has been prepared in District Hospital Jiri under Jiri Municipality, 10-bed capacity isolation has been prepared in Baityashwor Hospital in Vaityashwor Municipality and isolation capacity of five-bed capacity is being prepared in Covid Hospital in Tamakoshi Municipality.
In Gandaki Province,
Banks in the Gorkha municipality area have been closed till May 29. A meeting of the district-level COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre had decided to close all non-essential services of the bank from May 15 to May 21.
In Syangja, services other than health services have been suspended for five days till May 29 due to the increase in the number of covid infected people in Chapakot Municipality. As all the wards in the municipality are at high risk of infection, it has been decided to stop all the services provided by the banks and financial institutions, government, non-government organizations and educational institutions except the ward offices under the Chapakot Municipal Office, said Shiva Kumar Giri, Mayor of Chapakot Municipality.
In Lumbini Province,
In Rupendehi, the municipality in Tilottama municipality has decided not to hold the annual examination of the current academic due to the increase in the case of covid-19. Community and institutional schools in Tilottama have been completely closed since April 25. The community and institutional schools have decided to publish the results of the examination through internal evaluation on June 14. The criteria have been set at 40/40 per cent of the marks obtained in the quarterly examination and half-yearly examination and 20 per cent based on the school’s records.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
Locals have complained that Dadeldhura Hospital is charging for the Covid-19 test done through the PCR method. A meeting of the Health Emergency and Disaster Management Unit under the Ministry of Health and Population on May 9 instructed all government laboratories not to charge PCR test but the hospital has been charging NRs. 1,000, complained the locals. In Baitadi, there is a problem in the operation of Temporary Covid Hospital established at the local level of the district due to a lack of doctors. Locals have said that there is a problem in the operation of Covid temporary hospitals, which were set up by the federal government last year by allocating budget. The district hospital has to bear all the burden as there are no doctors in the hospitals established in the municipality.
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