Update of October 20 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people have reached 139,129 after additional 3,093 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on October 20, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 96,609 have been discharged after recovery. On October 20, the rate of recovery reached 69.4% along with the 2,108 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 41,755 people are being treated. Out of which, 28,196 are in home isolation, 273 are being treated in ICU and 78 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 765. According to the Ministry, 13,861 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
According to Udaypur representative Bharat Khadka, the service flow of the municipality has been affected after the infection of COVID-19 was confirmed in four representatives of Katari municipality. The municipality has issued a notice on October 20 stating that the daily services except the essential services (fire brigade, garbage truck, municipal police and health service) will be closed till October 31. The municipality has stated that the flow of services other than essential are stopped due to the danger of further spread of the infection.
According to Mahottari Representative Ajay Kumar Sah, the District Administration Office, Land Revenue, Land Reform and Survey Offices have been closed from October 20 to October 31 due to similar symptoms of COVID-19 infection is seen on the staffs, said Chief District Officer Krishna Bahadur Katuwal. He further added there would be no other works will be conducted by these offices during this period except emergency and internal work.
According to the District Administration Office, a ban has been imposed in the district on October 19, saying that the movement of people during festivals like Dashain, Dipawali and Chhath could increase the risk of COVID-19 infection as gathering of people will increase on the temples.
According to Dolakha representative Uddhav Pokharel, the government has decided a month ago to provide budget to the local level to run the COVID Hospital, but it has not been able to operate yet. A month ago, the federal government had provided a grant of Rs.1 million. However, due to the inability of the local levels to manage the required physical infrastructure and manpower in time, the COVID Hospital will not come into operation before dashain. Apart from Jiri Municipality and Vigu Rural Municipality, seven other local levels are not able to start COVID hospital even after receiving instructions from the Ministry of Health and Population to operate a COVID Hospital. Chief of the Health Department, Ishwor Khadka, informed that a five-bed COVID Hospital has been brought into operation by renting a house in Singati Bazaar at the center of Vigu Rural Municipality.
According to Pyuthan representative Rabindra Pandey, all services except emergency have been suspended for the primary health center in Swargadwari Municipality-3, Bhingri from October 19. According to Municipal Health Coordinator Dal Bahadur KC, the emergency meeting of the Health Institution Operation and Management Committee held on October 19 decided to close the non-emergency services provided by the health institution until further notice. So far, the number of COVID patients in the district has reached 734.
According to Nawalparasi (Bardaghat Susta West) representative Narayan Parajuli, the outpatient service of Chisapani Hospital in Bardagaht Municipality has been suspended until further notice after two employees were found infected with COVID-19 infection said Dr. Shanti KC. Similarly, a health post in Ramgram Municipality-8 has been sealed after the COVID-19 was confirmed on a health worker. The number of infected people in the district has reached 826 and 10 people have died of COVID-19 infection so far.
According to Jumla Representative Mandatta Rawal, the District Administration Office, Jumla has issued a prohibitory order on October 20 to control crowds at temples. Chief District Officer Bhupendra Thapa said that a prohibitory order has been issued to the public not to go to the temples, shrines and monasteries except for regular worship. “We have requested all the citizens to conduct activities including worship only in their homes,” said the Chief District Officer Thapa.
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