Update of October 21 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people have reached 144,872 after additional 5,743 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on October 21, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 99,605 have been discharged after recovery. On October 21, the rate of recovery reached 68.8% along with the 2,996 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 44,476 people are being treated. Out of which, 29,800 are in home isolation, 269 are being treated in ICU and 87 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 791. According to the Ministry, 20,118 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
According to Rautahat representative Kopila Timalsina, the district administration office has issued an urgent notice regarding its services on October 21. Chief District Officer Indra Dev Yadav said that the services related to distribution of citizenship will be completely shut down until further notice after the district administration office publishes a notice to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 infection.
According to Rasuwa representative Hemnath Khatiwada, 35 people of Kalika Rural municipality including rural municipality employees, ambulance driver and financial institutions were tested COVID-19 positive which leads to halt to the services provided by rural municipality office, ward offices, community health units and financial institutions.
Last week 6 people including 1 employee of rural municipality was tested COVID-19 positive after that 141 people are suspected on contact tracing and their swab were taken for PCR test and their reports came on October 19 of which 35 were tested COVID-19 positive. Chief Administrative Chief Prakash Adhikari said that the service was stopped due to infection in the employees.
According to Gorkha representative Hariram Upreti, the nasal swabs sent from Gorkha to Kathmandu for COVID-19 test have been returned to Gorkha. A sample of 243 nasal swabs collected from the localities of Gorkha was sent to Kathmandu for testing on October 20. Narayan Aryal, Corona Focal Person of the Health Office, Gorkha, said that Public health laboratory in Teku, Kathmandu, did not accepted the sample and without any official information nasal swabs were returned. A samples of the nasal swab returned by Teku has been sent for laboratory test in Pokhara on October 21. Earlier, the health office had been sending collected samples to a laboratory in Teku for test. “We sent nasal swabs to Teku so the result comes before dashian but after it is returned the samples were sent to lab in Pokhara.” said Aryal.
According to Parbat representative Santosh Thapa, after 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including one employee of Mahashila Rural Municipality all of the services of Rural municipality is halted. After the corona was confirmed in the health department staff of the rural municipality in the test conducted at the Pokhara Tuberculosis Center on October 21, all of the services of ward offices of ward no. 3 Balakot and Ward no. 5, Lukhudeurali have been suspended. Chairman of the Rural municipality Raju Prasad Poudel has informed that the services other than the urgent work to be performed by the village municipality have been suspended for a few days.
According to Darchula representative Narendra Singh Karki, the District Administration Office, Darchula has issued an indefinite injunction in Duhu Rural Municipality-2 Hikila area from 7 pm on October 20. Chief District Officer Sharad Kumar Pokharel said that a prohibitory order has been issued in Duhu village municipality to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection at the community level as a health worker has been confirmed to have contracted the disease and one person has died. Similarly, the security committee has decided to mobilize the Nepal Army to close the market areas and shops after the prohibitory order was imposed in Mahakali Municipality-4 and 5 to control the risk of COVID-19 infection at the community level in Khalanga district headquarters, said Chief District Officer Pokharel. Chief District Officer Pokharel said that the army along with the police has been mobilized to implement the decision to prevent further complications after the infection was confirmed in 50 people of Mahakali Municipality on October 21 due to the high level of COVID-19 infection in the municipality and non-compliance with security measures. The patrol of the Armed Police Force (APF) has been stopped after the contingent was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 in 63 persons at the Armed Police Force Nepal No. 44 Battalion Headquarters.
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