Update of October 22 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people have reached 148,509 after additional 3,637 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on October 22, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 102,820 have been discharged after recovery. On October 22, the rate of recovery reached 69.2% along with the 3,215 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 44,877 people are being treated. Out of which, 31,454 are in home isolation, 290 are being treated in ICU and 77 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 812. According to the Ministry, 15,255 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
According to Ramechhap representative Nawaraj Ghimire, the lives of the COVID-19 infected patients are at risk due to the lack of ICU and ventilators in the district. The number of COVID-19 patients are increasing daily in the district recently. 15 people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on October 22 alone which adds up of total 155 COVID-19 infected patients on the district. Public Health Officer at the Health Office Ramechhap Bhuwan Thapa said that 56 of them are currently actively infected. Although isolation of 108 beds has been made in various local level health posts and primary health centers and hospitals in the district, there is not enough treatment facility there. There is no ICU in the isolation and no ventilator at the hospital in the district. Chief District Officer Rudra Devi Sharma said that treatment of severe infections is not possible in the district without ICU and ventilator. He said that such patients were referred to Dhulikhel Hospital. He said that it has not been possible to install ICU and ventilator in the district as it would be costly to install and operate manpower in the district.
According to Dolakha representative Uddhav Pokharel, the local administration has issued a prohibitory order on October 22 mid night to 6 days to control the spread of COVID-19 at the community level. A meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee has decided to issue a prohibitory order in the district’s main market area including the district headquarter Charikot, said Double Pandey, head of the District Coordination Committee, Dolakha. The meeting has decided to allow the means of transportation in the district to operate only from 7 am to 6 pm after fulfilling the required safety standards. According to the District Administration Office, the district administration office has issued a prohibitory order for those who enter the district to stay in their homes for one week in quarantine as there is a high possibility of intestinal infections entering the village and spreading the disease during the Dashain.
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