Update of May 31 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 561,302 after additional 4,178 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 31, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 447,444 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 79.7% along with the 6,491 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 15,055 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 31, 28% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 18.4% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 31, 507 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 7,386 According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 114 people died on May 31. There are 106,470 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, 75 districts have been following complete or partial prohibition till May 31, 2021, no further information have been received later.
In Province 1,
The prohibitory order has been extended in Panchthar till June 7, 2021. Assistant Chief District Officer Dhananjay Kumar Shah said that the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre has decided to extend the prohibition order by one week. Shah informed that it has been decided to close the banks and financial institutions and shops providing essential services in the extended period.
In Bagmati Province,
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has drawn serious attention to the situation of various rights including health care of the citizens in the current crisis situation arising from Covid-19. The commission has stated in a press release on May 29 that the central, provincial, and provincial branch offices are continuously monitoring the situation. The commission has stated that it has received information that people have died due to lack of oxygen, ICU and ventilator in Kaski, Morang, Jhapa and other districts. The commission has stated that the federal government and the provincial government have decided to provide risk allowance to all the front line employees but the target group has not been able to get it in some places. The commission has drawn attention to the incidents of attack and misbehaviour on the health workers and the vandalization of health equipment by the relatives of the patients.
The sealing period of Panauti Municipality, Kavrepalanchowk has been extended from May 31 to June 5. According to him, vegetable and food shops will be open only from 6 am to 9 am.
In Gandaki Province,
The District Administration Office, Tanahu, has raided the Samadhan Hospital at Byas Municipality-2 on June 29 with the allegation of charging high fees from the public in the name of PCR test. A team led by Assistant Chief District Officer Chitrangat Baral had brought some bills and documents for investigation, informed Chief District Officer Sagar Acharya. It was made informed that the hospital had charged Rs 4,000 for the PCR test of the patients admitted to the hospital for treatment. The founder of the hospital, Shree Ram Chand Thakuri, said that he had to take Rs 4,000 due to the PPE used for the collection of swabs and the transportation cost to Pokhara.
In Lumbini Province,
The prohibition period in Banke has been extended from May 30 to June 7. In Rupandehi, a virtual meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel, chairperson of the Lumbini Province Covid-19 Infection Crisis Management Committee, was held on May 30. The virtual meeting has decided to effectively implement the prohibition order issued in the districts for covid control and to break the chain break, arrange monitoring by the Chief District Officer and assess the situation and remove the prohibition order only after monitoring in coordination with the province government.
In Kapilvastu, a meeting of the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee and the District Security Committee held on May 31 has extended the prohibitory order issued in the district till June 7. Chief District Officer Chakrapani Pandey said that action will be taken against those who do not follow the prohibition order as per the COVID-19 Crisis Management Ordinance 2078 BS. Chief District Officer Pandey said that the essential services were not stopped during the prohibition order.
A meeting of the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre, Gulmi held on May 31 has decided to extend the prohibition till June 7. The health office has stated that the number of active infected people in the district is 664 at present. A total of 76 people have died in the district due to the infection. So far, 1,492 infected people have been cured in the district.
The Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee Dang has extended the time for purchasing goods after the Tulsipur High Court issued an order to change the time for buying consumer goods. Prohibition order has been extended in the district till June 8.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
In Baitadi, the prohibition order has been tightened for the reduction and prevention of Covid-19 infection. According to Khagendra Bharti, Information Officer at the District Administration Office, Baitadi, vehicles carrying food will be allowed to move in the district only from 6 am to 7 pm from May 31. Bharti said that a restraining order has been extended till June 14.
In Darchula, despite the prohibition order issued in the district till June 3, the crowd of traders and locals has not been stopped moving from the Khalanga Bridge connecting Nepal and India. After issuing a prohibitory order in the district from May 8, India had been demanding a COVID report from those entering the Dharchula market. However, journalist Bhoj Raj Joshi said that the risk of covid infection has increased due to the recent increase in overcrowding at the border. After India closed the border checkpoint unilaterally on May 31, those going to the Indian market Dharchula from Nepal were stuck in the bridge for some time.
In Bajura, many markets were found under the influence of black market and people violated of prohibition orders in various markets in the district. Man Bahadur Chand, chief of the Cottage and Small Industries Office, said that eight traders have been instructed to report to the administration within three days as the District Administration Office, Bajura and the Office of Cottage and Small Industries, Bajura, as they were found violating the rules during the joint market monitoring.
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