Update of October 30 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people have reached 168,235 after additional 3,517 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on October 30, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 128,958 have been discharged after recovery. On October 30, the rate of recovery reached 76.6% along with the 4,096 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 38,375 people are being treated. Till now, the death toll has reached 920. According to the Ministry, 14,989 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
According to the Prabat Representative Santosh Thapa, the meeting of the district level COVID-19 Crisis Management Center has decided to close Kushma Bazaar from October 30 mid night as the infection of COVID-19 is increasing in the Parbat district. A meeting with the Chief District Officer, local level chiefs and representatives of the district and other stakeholders on October 29 decided to close the service from Kushma Bazaar for seven days. According to Assistant Chief District Officer Bimal Gautam, it has been decided to close the services of Kushma Municipality and its subordinate ward offices 4, 5, 6 and 7 for seven days and also to close non-essential businesses. Gautam informed that the decision was taken after some people living in Kushma Bazaar were confirmed to have COVID-19 infection. Police have been tightening the campaign of wearing masks in Kushma Bazaar and other urban areas of the district to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
According to Jumla Representative Mandatta Rawal, the Tatopani rural municipality has not got a medical officer even though it has set up a five-bed temporary COVID hospital. The rural municipality has brought COVID Hospital into operation in Areni of Ward No. 5. According to Tatopani rural municipality Chairman Nawaraj Neupane, only beds have been provided for those living in isolation. “We are ready to add ICU, ventilator and other equipment,” he said. He added no application was received for the post of medical officer even after the advertisement is posted twice. There are currently two staff nurses and an office assistant.
According to Humla Representative Nanda Singh, the Tanjakot rural municipality has closed all the checkpoints connected to the rural municipality for five days. Vishal Dhakal, acting chief administrative officer of the rural municipality, informed that the checkpoint has been closed since October 27 due to the increased risk of COVID-19. The Kawadi checkpoint in Bajura district, the main checkpoint from Tirthasain in Mugu to Tanjakot rural municipality and Upper Humla have been closed for five days. In Humla, 23 peoole are confirmed of COVID-19 infection of which 14 have recovered so far.
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