Update of August 18 Regarding Corona Virus Infection
On August 18, an additional 1,016 cases were diagnosed with which there are now 28,257 corona virus-infected people in Nepal. This is the highest number of cases diagnosed till date. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 17,580 have been discharged after recovery. On August 18, 85 were discharged. At present, there are 10,563 people being treated in different hospitals nationwide. Till now, the death toll has reached 114. According to the Ministry, in the past 24 hours, 13,461 swabs were tested.
In Province 1,
According to the District Representative of Jhapa, Naresh Khati, the Shivasatakshi Municipality has decided to partially lock down the community from August 18 to 24 to reduce the risk of the spread of corona virus in the community. Even if the market is partially open from 8 am to 1 pm, traffic will be completely stopped.
According to the District Representative of Sunsari, Jaya Krishna Yadav, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (GHOPA) Dharan has started treatment of corona virus infected with plasma therapy for the first time on August 18. For the first time after Kathmandu, BP has started treating infected people with this method. A 68-year-old man infected with corona virus in Dharan Sub-metropolitan has been given plasma during treatment. In plasma therapy, the plasma of those who have recovered from corona virus is given to the infected person for treatment. Plasma is the fluid that remains after the blood of an infected person has been taken and separated from the cells and tissues.
According to the District Representative of Sankhuwasabha, Bhavin Karki, after three people, including a policeman, were confirmed to be infected with the corona virus on August 18, the infected people have been left stranded due to lack of isolation. Chief of the District Health Office, Ramesh Bahrikoti, said that the Corona infected people were left stranded after the isolation centres built earlier under the direction of the government were removed from schools, campuses, and community buildings.
In Bagmati Province,
On August 18, there were 138 infected in Kathmandu, 50 in Lalitpur, 47 in Chitwan, 17 in Bhaktapur, 25 in Makwanpur, 21 in Kavre, three in Sindhupalchowk, two in Dolakha one in Dhading which makes it a total 304 in the province. Out of the total infected, 718 have recovered after treatment and 2,628 are being treated in different hospitals and isolation centres. Till date, 19 have died in this province because of the infection.
According to the District Representative of Dhading, Sita Ram Adhikari, a meeting of the District Security Committee held on August 18 has extended the prohibition imposed in Dhading till August 25. Chief District Officer Punya Bikram Poudel said that the prohibition has been extended to prevent the possibility of COVID-19 pandemic reaching the community level in the district.
According to the District Representative of Chitwan, Dipendra Adhikari, corona infection has been reported in 42 police personnel of the Armed Police Force No. 3 Gadhimai Bahini Bagmati in Bhandara Province of Rapti Municipality. Among them are two women and 40 men, according to the Bharatpur COVID-19 Laboratory. Earlier, eight members of the same force were found to be infected with corona, while others were tested, said Deputy Inspector General of the Armed Police Force, Mandeep Shrestha.
According to the District Representative of Sindhupalchowk, Nati Babu Dhital, Four employees of Community Development and Environment Protection Forum in Kisan Tole of Sangachokgadhi Municipality-5 have been infected with corona virus and Chief District Officer Umesh Kumar Dhakal said that roads were sealed due to lack of isolation for two of them.
According to the District Representative of Kathmandu, Bimala Paudel, A joint meeting of the Chief District Officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts have decided to issue a prohibitory order for one week from midnight of August 19. Chief District Officers have issued separate orders urging people not to go out during this period except for the purchase of medicines, food items and essential items. “The outbreak of COVID-19, which is spreading globally, is on the rise in the Kathmandu Valley,”- mentioned in the statement of the Chief District Officer. Stating that it is necessary to make the prevention and control of COVID-19 more effective, the District Administration Offices have decided to prohibit regular activities from the midnight of August 19 to August 26 in accordance with Section 2 of the Infectious Diseases Act 2020 and Section 6 (3) of the Local Administration Act 2028. A 17-point order issued by Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Mahesh Raj Dahal has imposed a prohibition on the entire district.
In Gandaki Province,
According to the District Representative of Gorkha, Hari Ram Uprety, a DSP of the Armed Police Force, who was transferred a week ago, has confirmed of having corona infection. Officers of the District Administration Office, Gorkha and other employees of the government officials were involved in the tracing of the Armed Police Force. According to Raju Raman Neupane, information officer at the District Health Office, Gorkha, 53 swabs have been collected on August 18. They are mostly government employees.
According to the District Representative of Baglung, Sirjana Panta, a one-week prohibition has been imposed in the Baglung municipal area as corona infections are on the rise. A meeting between the District Command Post and the stakeholders held on August 18 decided to issue a restraining order from 12 am of August 18 to 9 pm on August 25.
According to the District Representative of Myagdi, Amrit Baskune, the district COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre has decided to manage festival and fair to be held in Myagdi district to control the coronavirus.
According to the District Representative of Tanahu, Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, in a joint market monitoring held by the District Administration Office and District Police Office, 15 people have been punished for violating the prohibition, informed Assistant Superintendent Chitrangat Baral.
According to the District Representative of Kaski, Sushan Ghimire, the District Administration Office, Kaski has approved the proposal made by the Pokhara Metropolitan for the prohibition. A meeting held in the morning of August 18 has decided to issue a restraining order for five days in Kaski district from August 18 to August 23.
In Province 5
According to the District Representative of Banke, Smriti Devkota, according to the District Health Office, a 62-year-old man living in Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan-5 died of the coronavirus on August 17.
According to the District Representative of Argharkhanchi, Narayan Bhusal, according to Deputy Chief District Officer Bikram Thapa, an all-party meeting organized by the district level Corona Crisis Management Centre on August 18 decided to hold the lockdown from August 19 to August 26.
According to the District Representative of Nawal Parasi West, Narayan Prasad Parajuli, The district administration office has issued a prohibitory order from August 14 to 21 after the corona infection started appearing at the community level.
According to the District Representative of Dang, Jaya Narayan Pun, according to the District Administration Office, a prohibition has been imposed in the district from August 17 to August 26 to reduce the risk of corona infection by controlling the crowds during the festival.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
According to the District Representative of Doti, Bashudev Joshi, the decision to keep PCR machines in Doti, Kailali and Baitadi districts was taken by the cabinet meeting held on March 27, 2020. Sudur Paschim Province Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatta inaugurated the PCR machine installed to the District Hospital, Doti after six months. Chief Minister Bhatta said that the decision to set up a laboratory with PCR machine in Doti was taken as per the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Far Western Province. He said that the process was delayed for some time. Stating that the provincial government is serious about the prevention, testing and treatment of coronavirus, Chief Minister Bhatta said that a 10-bed corona hospital and a two-bed ventilator would be set up at Doti District Hospital soon. Yagya Raj Joshi, the chairperson of the management committee of the district hospital, Doti, said that the establishment of PCR laboratory would help the people of the district in corona testing and requested the state and federal governments to assist in the provision of specialist doctors and construction of physical infrastructure in the hospital. Dr Pramod Bhatta of the District Hospital, Doti, said that only a few months ago, samples had to be collected and sent abroad for testing on such machines. He said that 96 samples can be tested at a time.
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