Update of August 26 Regarding Corona Virus Infection
On August 26, an additional 855 cases were diagnosed with which there are now 34,418 corona virus-infected people in Nepal. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 19,504 have been discharged after recovery. On August 26, 85 were discharged. Out of the total number of infected, 56.7% have recovered. At present, there are 14,739 people being treated in different hospitals nationwide. Till now, the death toll has reached 175. According to the Ministry, in the past 24 hours, 13,256 swabs were tested.
It has been seven months since the corona infection was first identified in Nepal. During this period, the number of infected people has exceeded 34,000 and the number of deaths has reached 175. No new infection was found for two months after the first case was identified on January 23. Two months later, on March 23 the second infected person was identified. By April 22, the number of infected people had risen to 65. Although the situation was normal until this period, from March 24, locked-down was issued nationwide. The first death due to coronavirus infection was on May 15. By May 23, the number of infected people had risen to 584 and one person had been added to the list of those who died from the infection. Statistics show that there has been a high increase in corona infection cases since then. As of June 24, corona infection had been confirmed in 2,383 people and 24 had died. In the first six months of the year i.e. up to July 25, the number of infected people reached 18,483 and the number of deaths reached 45. Statistics show that the number of deaths have peaked immediately in the following month. In the last one month period from July 25 to August 26, 15,935 infected people have been added and 130 infected people have died. Observing the statistics, the pandemic of corona infection has increased alarmingly in Nepal. According to the statistics of the last week, the average number of infection is 681 and seven people die every day.
Current Situation Of Corona Virus Infection:
In Province 1,
According to the District Representative of Morang, Netra Prasad Adhikari, a one-week long prohibitory order has been issued in the district. Earlier, the District Administration Office, Morang, had decided to issue prohibition at four local levels, including the Biratnagar Metropolitan City.
According to the District Representative of Dhankuta, Ishwar Thapa, to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, Chaubise Rural Municipality has decided to stop the operation of vehicles for one week. All vehicles except ambulances, hearses and governmental vehicles are prohibited from entering the village from 12.00 noon on August 26 to 12.00 noon on September 1, said Chaubise Rural Municipality’s Chairperson Khajindra Rai.
According to the District Representative of Sunsari, Jaya Krishna Yadav, the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences has formed a five-member negotiating team on August 26 to hold talks with the staff nurses, who have been protesting since August 25 demanding health supplies and full security. A committee comprising of Matron Upendra Yadav, Umesh Koirala of Administration while Safala Budhathoki and Rama Basnet will be discussing on behalf of the nursing staff in coordination with Garishankar Sah.
In Province 2,
According to the District Representative Sarlahi, Budhan Sah, as the number of people infected with corona virus has started increasing in Brahmapuri rural municipality, they have issued a notice on August 26 and closed all services except essential services till September 2, said Brahmapuri rural municipality’s Chairperson Binod Sah.
According to the District Representative of Rautahat, Kopila Timalsina, The corona infection has been confirmed to the ward chairperson of Gujara Municipality-6 on August 26. According to him, most of the executive members have voluntarily undergone self-examination and one ward chairperson has been infected.
According to the District Representative of Bara, Bhola Nath Paudel, a 70-year-old man from Kalaiya sub-metropolitan-1, Bhawanipur, died on the night of August 26 while undergoing treatment at COVID Hospital, Birgunj, said Narayani Hospital spokesperson Dr Atules Chaurasia. His family members said that the deceased had been suffering from respiratory problems, pneumonia and high blood pressure for several months.
In Bagmati Province,
On August 26, there were 230 cases diagnosed in Kathmandu, 42 in Chitwan, 26 in Bhaktapur, 21 in Kavrepalanchowk, 59 in Makwanpur, 47 in Lalitpur, two each in Dhading, Rasuwa and Dolakha and one each in Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli and Ramechhap. There were altogether 434 cases diagnosed on August 26. Till date, there are 5,572 cases in this province out of which 919 have recovered after treatment and 4,616 are being treated at different isolations and hospitals. Till now, 37 people have died from the disease in this province.
According to the District Representative of Kathmandu, Bimala Paudel, In all the three districts of Kathmandu Valley, the prohibition issued by the Chief District Officers has been extended for one week from August 26 to September 2. Earlier, a joint meeting of the Chief District Officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts on August 18 decided to issue a prohibitory order for one week from 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. Stating that it is necessary to make the prevention and control of COVID-19 more effective, the District Administration Offices have decided to conduct activities from August 26 to September 3 in accordance with Section 2 of the Infectious Diseases Act 2020 and Section 6 (3) of the Local Administration Act 2028. It is also forbidden to work. A 20-point order issued by Kathmandu Chief District Officer, Mahesh Raj Dahal has issued a prohibition on the entire district.
According to the District Representative of Rasuwa, Hem Nath Khatiwada, three people, including a health worker, have been infected with coronavirus in the district. A 27-year-old woman health worker working at a rural hospital in Kalika Rural Municipality-5 has been diagnosed on August 23. She had come to the hospital from Kathmandu on August 3. Of the 11 samples collected on August 20, the reports of 10 others have been negative.
According to the District Representative of Dolakha, Uddhab Pokharel, with the increase in the number of corona infections in the district, the prohibition has been extended for another five days. Chief District Officer Bhim Kant Sharma informed that a meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee held on August 26 decided to extend the prohibition for another five days after analysing the situation in the district.
According to the District Representative of Chitwan, Dipendra Adhikari, Police have arrested a 19-year-old man of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-12 from Nuwakot on August 26 after he escaped from the isolation of Bharatpur Hospital. A spokesperson at the District Police Office, Chitwan, DSP Surya Bahadur informed that the man was arrested at 10:30 am on August 26 while being checked by the Nepal Police at Belkotgadhi-5 in Nuwakot. According to Chitwan Police, he reached Bharatpur by bicycle. He said that coordination is being held to keep him in isolation in Nuwakot.
According to the District Representative of Nuwakot, Nawadeep Shrestha, The prohibition imposed by the district administration has been extended by one week saying that there is corona infection spread in the community.
In Gandaki Province,
According to the District Representative of Tanahu, Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, the District Administration Office, Tanahu, has extended the prohibition imposed on Shukla Gandaki Municipality by three days. Violation of the prohibition will result in action under the Local Administration Act 2028 and Infectious Diseases Act 2020.
In Province 5,
According to the District Representative of Banke, Smriti Devkota, a 37-year-old man of Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan-1 has died due to coronavirus. According to Naresh Shrestha, focal person of District Health Office, Banke, he was suffering from pneumonia. Shrestha said that his body was managed on August 26. Shrestha said that his PCR report on August 25 was positive.
According to the District Representative of Arghakhanchi, Narayan Bhusal, according to Assistant Chief District Officer Bikram Thapa, a meeting of the DDMC held on August 26 decided to impose a complete lockout by September 2.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
According to the District Representative of Doti, Bashu Dev Joshi, Ward Chairperson Deep Bahadur Bam said that the ward has been sealed from August 26, saying that the risk of corona spreading at the community level is high in Bogtanphoodshil Rural Municipality-4. The ward had to be sealed as the Corona infection was confirmed in a man from India and the infected person was in regular contact with the local youths, said Ward Chairperson Bam.
According to the District Representative of Kailali, Maina Moti Chaudhary, 22 locals of Ghodaghodi Municipality-10 were diagnosed corona virus positive on August 24. A meeting of the Municipality Committee chaired by Mayor Mamata Prasad Chaudhary has decided to seal Ward No. 10. Mayor Chaudhary said that the movement from one tole to another has been stopped as the danger of spreading in the community has increased after people with internal travel history started seeing corona.
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