Update of 4 May Regarding Corona Virus Infection
In the regular press meet held by the Ministry of Health and Population, there are no new cases recognized on 4 May. There are 75 people infected in Nepal out of which 58 are males and 17 are females. There are 31 in Province 1, 13 in Province 2, seven in Bagmati Province, two in Gandaki Province, 17 in Province 5 and five in Sudur Paschim Province. Among them, 59 are being treated and all of them are in normal health condition. According to the Spokesperson, Dr Devkota, 13,640 PCR and 50,845 RDT have been conducted. The government has instructed not to open admission or plan examinations right away until next notice. They have also instructed not to charge any money with an excuse for online classes.
In Province 1, till 4 May 1,652 people have been tested out of which 1,644 reports have arrived and eight are pending. Till date, 6,122 RDT is conducted out of which 16 are negative. Those entire positive in RDT tested negative in PCR. There are 2,063 in quarantine and 1,310 in-home quarantine. 47 people are staying in isolation in Province 1 while three women and four men have been discharged. One has been admitted in ICU. Traders of Biratnagar have requested the Provincial government to pay attention to their situation. They have requested the authorities to excuse their house-rent tax, trade tax and property tax during the lockdown and up to three more months more after the lockdown ends. The police guarding the borders have sent back five locals of Koshi Rural Municipality-5 who were staying in the Birpur quarantine from the past 14 days. Ramdhuni Municipality has complained about not getting proper rice through relief after which investigation process has begun.
In Province 2, ASI Kul Bahadur Karki (40), delegated in the Nepal-India border during the lockdown has passed away on 4 May 2020. He had fainted suddenly during his work hour and died on the way to the hospital. This corpse was handed over to his family after the post-mortem. There was a clash at Mirchaiya Municipality Ward- 7 premises during the relief distribution after which police had fire four-cell of tear gas and nine rounds of air fire. The clash happened after the locals came to argue while the ward was distributing relief to 134 families of the area. The locals wanted their names in the list hence, they started arguing and throwing stones to the authorities and police. Eleven Indian citizens trying to go back to India through Mahottari’s border of Manarasisba Municipality-9 were arrested Nepal Police and Armed Police Force on 4 May. They are originally from Kolkata of West Bengal. The Market Monitoring Committee of Dhanusa has complained against Anand Enterprises for selling cement at a higher cost after which the owner Ram Pratap Sah has been arrested. The cement cost Rs 200 more than the regular price. The committee has seized 49 sacks of cement from the store. Likewise, the owner of Chandan Iron Store, Chanchal Kumar Chaudhary was also arrested for selling cement at a higher cost. The police have seized 420 sacks of cement from his store.
In Bagmati Province, after the travelling rules were tightened, the Metropolitan Traffic Police Department has seized 460 two-wheelers and 36 four-wheelers. Police have arrested 1500 lockdown offenders from the streets of Kathmandu. Some people have started spraying disinfectant on the bodies of other people to protect them from the virus. When the body is sprayed with disinfectant, it has an adverse effect on health. After the lockdown, 13,057 daily-wage based families have received relief. Ten women suffering from gender violence have also received relief. To sanitize the vehicles entering from Province 2, the government has fixed a sanitizing tunnel at Ratomate.
In Gandaki Province, Nawalparasi (Bardaghat Susta East) Madhaybindu Municipality will be distributing second round of relief only after giving employment to the needy families. They will be mobilized in the development activities happening in the rural municipality. Swabs of two health personnel of Parbat have been sent for test after some mild symptoms of infection was seen in them.
In Province 5, Nepalgunj of Banke has been declared as a prohibited area after the cases of corona increased rapidly. Nepalgunj is now a prohibited area till 7 May 2020. During this period, every shop will remain closed except for the medical shops. Khajura rural municipality has sealed all its borders after Nepalgunj has 16 cases of COVID-19. Province 5 has started having scarcity of kits after which corona test has stopped. After cases were detected in Banke and Rupandehi, the lockdown has tightened in Dang and Bardiya.
In Karnali Province, after 16 cases were confirmed in Nepalgunj, Humla’s headquarter Simkot has been sealed. For the prevention and control of coronavirus, Rukum (West) has established a Crisis Management Fund and has requested all the local levels to help according to their ability. The health personnel of Kalikot district lack of PPE, masks, sanitizers, gloves and other health equipment. Even after almost 42 days of lockdown, the municipalities have not distributed relief to the needy families of Jajarkot’s Bheri Municipality. Rahul General Store of Dolpa was found selling 50 days old meat after which a team lead by the Chief District Officer Suresh Sunar had monitored the store and locked it down. The store did not have any documents of registration.
In Sudur Pachim Province, 501 needy households of Marma rural municipality has received relief. The long term diseased people were provided medicine through their local health centres of all eight wards of Mallikarjun Municipality. The locals of Bajura district’s Swami Kartik Khapar rural municipality have given one hundred forty thousand and five hundred rupees to the labourers, sick ones and students living out of their district.
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