Update of August 3 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 702,097 after additional 2,448 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on August 3, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 660,116 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 94% along with the 1,994 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 10,638 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on August 3, 23% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.3% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 9,922. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 24 people died in August 3. There are 32,059 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Kavrepalanchok, Nawalparasi East, Baglung, Kaski, Rupandehi, and Surkhet have more than 500 active cases.
According to Saptari representative Manohar Kumar Pokhrel, the only real-time PCR machine installed to Saptari for testing Covid-19 has stopped functioning since August 3. Since the number of cases is increasing again, the beneficiaries are in crisis as the machine is installed to Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital Rajbiraj has not been operating. According to the hospital, out of 14 PCR tests conducted on August 2, two were diagnosed positive with COVID-19. Lab in-charge Prakash Yadav said that the testing was stopped after the PCR machine started giving different results. Yadav, in charge of the hospital’s lab, said that the information was provided to the Province’s Health Supply Management Centre, Public Health Directorate, Provincial Public Health Laboratory, and procured traders in Janakpur.
According to Tanahu Representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, the District Administration Office has instructed not to operate the community and private schools in Byas Municipality on August 2 due to the high risk of COVID-19. Assistant Chief District Officer Chitrangad Baral said that a meeting held at the District Administration Office on August 2 decided to stop the classes in the physical presence of the students until the risk was reduced. A meeting was held with the representatives of the education branch of Byas Municipality, teachers’ association, PABSON, and NPABSON, and it was decided not to operate the school immediately as the risk of COVID-19 had not reduced in the district. The community and private schools of Damauli had started teaching in the physical presence of the student ts on August 2 saying that Byas Municipality had given them permission. However, Byas Municipality Education Branch Chief Nagendra Regmi said that the municipality has not given them permission to run the school. According to Regmi, some school principals have informed the municipality that they have opened the school themselves but the municipality has not given permission. Chief District Officer Sagar Acharya said that the school could not be operated violating the prohibition order. Stating that there is still a risk of COVID-19 in the district, he said that the prohibition order will be issued till August 4 as per the decision and recommendation of the District Covid Crisis Management Centre.
According to Kaski representative Susan Ghimire, the District Administration Office, Kaski, has issued a notice on August 2 stating that the prohibitory order has been extended till August 11. Chief District Officer Thaneshwor Gautam has published a notice stating that the period of the prohibitory order has been extended.
According to Achham Representative Shivaraj Dhungana, a meeting of the District Covid Crisis Management Committee held on August 3 has decided to extend the prohibitory order issued in the district till August 16 said Chief District Officer Rudra Bahadur Malla. All kinds of seminars, gatherings, processions, fairs, festivals, sports, party palaces, beauty parlors, salons, and dance halls have been completely closed due to the prohibitory order. According to the district administration, shops and hotels can be operated only from 6 am to 7 pm.
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