Update of 29 April Regarding Corona Virus Infection
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, three more people were found to be infected with covid-19 and the total number of infected cases in Nepal has reached 57. During Novel corona virus media briefing on Wednesday, the spokesperson of ministry, Dr Bikash Devkota reiterated the call for full compliance of lockdown order.
In province 1, total of 6,070 people have tested through Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and PCR. Out of a total of 1,085 swab sample tests of suspected people, 2 females and 29 males have tested positive whereas a total of 161 females and 769 males have tested negative. There are now pending results of 124 tests until 29 April. Out of 4,985 RDT, 10 have resulted in positive. Office of Chief Minister and Council of Ministers has informed that currently 2,258 people are staying in quarantine shelters and 6,147 are under home quarantine. 65 people were discharged from quarantine shelters on April 29. There are now 39 people in total in isolation wards in the province.
During a video conference with the Minister of Social Development, Jivan Ghimire, Chiefs of the District Coordination Committees of Province 1 have demanded for increasing the scopes of RDT. Minister Ghimre said that 360 kits have been sent to each district and health personnel of all 14 districts have been trained to properly collect swabs of suspected people. The meeting between minister of Internal Affairs and Law Hikmat Karki and State minister of Social Development Jasmaya Gajmer has decided to ease the lockdown in order to ensure public access to buy food, medicine and agricultural materials in Jhapa. Because of the fear against corona virus spread, ambulance drivers have been denied lodging and food in the hotels of Bhojpur.
In Province 2, according to the Ministry of Social Development, corona infection has been confirmed on 2 people in Bara and 1 in Parsa districts as of April 29. They are under treatment in Narayani Hospital, Birgunj. Out of 2,218 swab sample tests through PCR, 12 have resulted in positive, 1,350 have resulted in negative, and remaining test reports are yet to come. Out of 4,914 RDT until Wednesday, 10 people have tested positive. There are currently 1,443 people staying in different quarantine shelters, 4,017 people in home quarantine, and 13 people in isolation wards in the province. An Indian citizen, Sujit Shah of age 40 got injured when the police charged baton on him in Tirhutiya Gachhi of Janakpur Sub-metropolitan City. Daily wage earner Shah was there to collect relief materials from the ward office.
In Bagmati Province, Nepal Rastra Bank has ordered the banking and financial institutions to give 2 percent discount in interest rates to the borrowers from corona infected areas. Local administrations of Sindhupalcho, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Dhaning and Kavre have been actively involved in ensuring the effective implementation of the lockdown. Metropolitan Police Circle Lalitpur provided Covid-19 class to the 353 people who had violated the lockdown order.
In Gandaki Province, out of 621 swab sample tests, 613 have resulted in negative and remaining reports are yet to come. Until 29 April, a total of 5,411 RDT had resulted in negative. Kidney patients are suffering due to lack of blood in Damauli hospital kidney dialysis center. There are a total of 68 patients who have been receiving regular dialysis service in this center. District administration offices of Parbat, Lamjung, Myagdi and Nawalparasi East have restricted the entry of people from outside.
In Province 5, provincial government has decided to recognize school textbooks as medical materials in order to deliver books to the children for new academic year which will start after the lockdown.
In Karnali Province, 18 workers of Gurbhakot municipalituy -2, Surkhet who had returned from Kathmandu on 27 April were sent home by ward chairperson Nokh Nahadur Oli without keeping them in quarantine. Sarada municipality of Salyan district has started monitoring on the availability of food materials. As the lock down is being extended, all the 8 local governments of Jumla have been providing relief packages to the families in need. Some Humla residents stranded in Surkhet have been rescued.
In Sudurpaschim Province, the locals of Shailyasikhar municipality-4 protested at the ward office saying that real victims were deprived from receiving relief materials and citizens were asked to go to another local level to receive relief materials from their ward. Api Himal rural municipality has destroyed expired inedible foods during market monitoring. Melauli municipality of Baitadi has passed Corona virus Lockdown Guideline 2076 in order to provide essential relief materials to the people in need. Since 27 April, 25 people have been staying in Khaptad Chhededaha rural municipality’s quarantine shelter in Bahura, but they have complained about not receiving any health test until today.
Chief District Officer of Achham has said that, a team monitored the activities of Mangalsen municipality carried out to fight against corona virus. Gopal Singh Dhami of 38, who supposedly has mental illness jumped into the Mahakali River on April 29 in order to enter Nepal. He was rescued from the river by security personnel and his friends, and he is currently staying back in Mini Stadium quarantine shelter of Dharchul, India.
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