Update of August 7 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 712,740 after additional 2,231 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on August 7, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 667,270 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 93.6% along with the 1,722 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 8,866 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on August 7, 25% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.4% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 10,038. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 19 people died on August 9. There are 35,432 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Kavrepalanchok, Nuwakot, Nawalparasi East, Baglung, Kaski, Gorkha, Rupandehi, and Surkhet have more than 500 active cases.
According to Makawanpur representative Pushparaj Adhikari, the prohibitory order has been extended for another week due to the increase in the cases of COVID-19 in the district. In the prohibitory order, all the previous instructions and permits have been maintained, while the opening hours of shops have been reduced and vehicles will follow the odd and even rule. Now, food and vegetable shops will open only till 10 am. Other businesses are allowed to operate only from 12 noon to 4 pm.
According to Rasuwa representative Hemnath Khatiwada, locals in Naukund rural municipality have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 due to a lack of public awareness. They have not been vaccinated as they have not been able to conduct the necessary public awareness program for vaccination during the pandemic. The locals have complained that they have neither been informed nor been aware of the vaccination campaign. Some have also not been vaccinated due to the rumors of sickness after being vaccinated. After the locals refused to vaccinate in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6 of Naukunda rural municipality, the remaining 2,000 doses of vaccine have been taken to Kalika rural municipality and Gosaikunda rural municipality. Chief of Naukunda Rural Health Branch, Adna Prasad Poudel, said that they could not conduct public awareness program about the pandemic of COVID-19 during the lockdown. Citizens above 50 years of age were not vaccinated on time. The locals did not come for the vaccination even though they were informed that some people got sick due to the initial vaccination. Of the 7,000 people above 18 years of age who need to be vaccinated in the rural municipality, the age group did not participate in the vaccination program.
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