Update of August 18 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 739,907 after additional 2,613 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on August 18, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 689,173 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 93.1% along with the 2,104 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 11,839 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on August 18, 22% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.5% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 10,396. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 42 people died on August 18. There are 40,388 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Nuwakot, Nawalparasi East, Baglung, Kaski, Gorkha, Syangja, Tanahu, Dang, Rupandehi, and Surkhet have more than 500 active cases.
On August 18, 4,999 people were tested through the antigen process among which 790 were diagnosed positive with COVID-19. Till date, 77,623 people have been diagnosed positive with antigen process. The number of infected, cured and active cases has not been separated in this number. According to the ministry, 3,649,760 people have been fully vaccinated till August 18.
According to Sankhuwasabha representative Bhabin Karki, the Madi Municipality has decided to seal the schools from August 18 to 26 due to the increase in the cases of Covid-19 infection. A meeting of the District Covid Crisis Management Centre held on August 18 decided to seal the schools, informed Bidur Subba Lingthep, Mayor of the municipality. It has been decided to close all the municipal offices including the essential services provided by the municipality during the period of seal.
According to Kaski representative Sushan Ghimire, Pokhara Metropolitan City Ward No. 5 has issued a press release on August 18 stating that the daily services of the ward office will be stopped from August 18 to 20. The services have been stopped for contact after one employee working in the ward office was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection and three other employees showed symptoms of COVID-19.
According to Palpa representative Yagya Murti Timilsina, a meeting of the District Covid Crisis Management Committee held on August 16 has decided to extend the prohibitory order till August 28. During this period, industries, factories, shops / businesses will operate from 7 am to 5 pm. Chief District Officer Yogendra Prasad Pandey said that essential services including pharmacy and medical shops will be operating. He added that teaching, meetings, seminars, religious programs, processions, conferences and other activities have been banned.
According to Gulmi representative Toplal Aryal, a meeting of the District Covid Management Committee held on August 18 issued a prohibitory order at the local level where the infection rate has increased. According to Chief District Officer Rudraadevi Sharma, a prohibitory order has been issued in Madane rural municipality from August 18 to August 23, and in Satyawati and Chhatrakot rural municipalities till August 26. There are 20 cases in Madane, 132 in Satyavati and 116 in Chhatrakot and in total 656 in the district so far.
The Land Revenue Office, Surkhet, has stopped all the non-essential services for two weeks. The office has issued a notice stating that the non-essential services have been suspended from August 18 to 31 after the employees were infected with COVID-19. During this period, the essential services related to the department, court, administration, inter-related units and police office will be operated regularly.
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