Update of October 16 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people have reached 126,137 after additional 4,392 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on October 16, 2020. Out of the recently diagnosed cases, 1,160 are females. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 88,040 have been discharged after recovery. On October 16, the rate of recovery reached 69.8% along with the 3,522 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 37,382 people are being treated. Out of which, 25,046 are in home isolation, 315 are being treated in ICU and 77 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 715. According to the Ministry, 16,531 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
According to the report published by the Ministry, there are 44.5% people infected with COVD-19 in Bagmati Province, 20.3% in Province 2, 14.3% in Lumbini Province, 12.9% in Province 1, 5% in Gandaki Province, 2.1% in Sudur Paschim Province and 1% in Karnali Province.
In Province 2,
According to Saptari Representative Manohar Kumar Pokharel, the meeting of the District Security Committee on October 16 has declared the entire Shaktipith and temple premises in Saptari district as a no-entry area. The prohibition order has been extended from 11 pm on October 16. The information issued by the administrative officer Ananda Kumar Thakur, it has been prohibited to carry out activities other than the daily worship on behalf of the temple.
According to Siraha Representative Durga Pariyar, a 63-year-old man from Lahan Municipality-1 died at the Nobel Hospital in Biratnagar on October 16 while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. He died on the way to Nobel Hospital. During the treatment, it was found that he had respiratory problems. According to Ram Krishna Mahato of Lahan Municipality-3, the locals pelted stones at the vehicle of Lahan Municipality-3 while returning from Balan Khola. “We took ropes, salt and other materials to manage the body,” he said. On the way back, the vehicle of the security personnel was in front of us. According to DSP Sharat Thapa Chhetri of Area Police Office, Lahan, action will be taken as there was no further damage as the police were also present at the spot.
In Bagmati Province,
According to Dolakha Representative Uddhav Pokharel, the service provided to the public by two government offices and a commercial bank in the district has been closed for six days after the COVID-19 infection was confirmed in the staffs. The Charikot-based office of the National Reconstruction Authority, District Project Implementation Unit Building, and Prabhu Bank, Charikot branch have been closed for six days due to the decision of the District Crisis Management Centre. Chief District Officer Ramesh Prasad Shiwakoti said that a meeting of the Centre on October 16 decided to close the offices for six days after five people, including a woman, were found to be infected with COVID-19. Three employees of the National Reconstruction Authority, one employee of the District Project Implementation Unit building and one employee of Prabhu Bank were confirmed infected with COVID-19. In addition, the administration has issued a notice on October 16 forbidding crowding in temples and monasteries except for regular worship and prayers.
According to Sindhupalchowk Representative Natibabu Dhital, all the services provided by Melamchi Municipality have been suspended from October 16 to October 23, said Mayor Dambar Aryal. Mayor Aryal said that all the services being provided by the municipality except the most essential ones have been discontinued due to the need for contact tracing of COVID-19 on all the ward representatives and employees working in the office.
In Gandaki Province,
According to Baglung Representative Sirjana Pant, the District Administration Office, Baglung, has issued a prohibitory order with effect from the night of October 16 to 25. The order signed by the Acting Chief District Officer Upendra Raj Poudel on October 16 states that gatherings, programs, crowds, assembly processions, festivals and cultural programs related to the practice of all religions and cultures will not be allowed during the ban. It has been mentioned that from Ghatsthapana to Navami, it is forbidden to visit the temples of 85 wards in 10 local levels of the district. Similarly, services including campus, school, training centre, cinema hall, party palace, futsal, sports ground, gym, beauty parlor and salon will be closed.
According to Syangja representative Til Kumari Thapa, the Bhirkot Municipality has suspended all activities except emergency services from October 16 to October 19. According to Dipendra KC, spokesperson of the municipality, the non-essential services within the municipality have been suspended for five days for contact tracing of the deceased after a woman infected with COVID-19 died while undergoing treatment.
In Sudur Paschim Province
According to Darchula Representative Narendra Singh Karki, 42 people who were traced in Mahakali Municipality-4 and 5 on October 15 and 16 have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 infection. Chief District Officer Jwotsna Bhatta said that a prohibitory order has been issued in the entire area of Ward No. 4 and in the Galfai, Airan, Tallasain and Mohati areas of Ward No. 5 until further notice as the risk of infection is spreading in the community. Among the confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection are 14 Armed Police Force personnel, two inmates of Darchula District Jail, three Red Cross personnel working in Darchula and 20 locals of Mohati.
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