Update of August 20 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 744,307 after additional 2,079 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on August 20, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 693,542 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 93.1% along with the 2,244 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 10,530 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on August 20, 20% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.5% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 10,455. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 26 people died on August 20. There are 40,309 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Nuwakot, Nawalparasi East, Baglung, Kaski, Gorkha, Syangja, Tanahu, Dang, Rupandehi, Surkhet and Kailali have more than 500 active cases.
On August 20, 7,124 people were tested through the antigen process among which 963 were diagnosed positive with COVID-19. Till date, 79,340 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, 3,799,178 people have been fully vaccinated till August 20.
According to Kavre representative Hiraman Tamang, the District Administration Office has issued an order for smart lockdown from August 20 to 31 after the infection rate of Covid-19 started increasing. According to the order issued by Chief District Officer Shivaram Pokharel on August 19, all kinds of gatherings, processions, meetings, conferences, cinema halls, restaurants, clubs, swimming pools, entertainment venues, saloons, beauty parlors, etc. will not be allowed to operate during the period of smart lockdown. In addition, it has been requested not to be crowded like fairs, processions, festivals, party parties and to conduct activities such as seminars, workshops, review training through virtual means. Similarly, while operating public transport, it has been instructed to follow the prescribed public health protocol.
According to Baglung representative Srijana Pant, a five-day prohibitory order has been extended in the district. A meeting chaired by Chief District Officer Shiva Kumar Karki on August 20 extended the prohibitory order till August 26. During this period, pharmaceuticals will be open 24 hours a day, while shops supplying fruits, vegetables, and grains will be open only till 10 am. A vaccination campaign against COVID is also underway in the district. Locals have complained that there is a risk of further infection due to a lack of crowd management at the vaccination centre.
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