Update of August 8 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 714,877 after additional 2,137 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on August 8, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 669,299 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 93.6% along with the 2,029 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 9,033 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on August 8, 24% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.4% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 10,093. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 55 people died on August 8. There are 35,485 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 Chitwan representative, Dipendra Adhikari, the District Administration Office has informed that the prohibitory order implemented in the district can be tightened anytime if the cases of COVID-19 keep increasing at a rapid rate. In a notice published by the District Administration Office on August 8, it was mentioned that the prohibitory order has been extended till August 16 due to the increase in the rate of COVID-19. As per the order of the administration, shops supplying food, vegetables, fruits, milk, dairy, fish, meat, eggs, chicken grains, cooking gas shop, agro-vet, seed, chemical fertilizer, and veterinary medicine, worship material can be operated only till 10 am daily. In the case of milk dairy, it will be operated from 5 pm to 7 pm. Other similar shops will be open on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 12 noon to 6 pm. Chief District Officer Premlal Lamichhane said that only such vehicles can be operated according to the odd and even number plates.
According to Gorkha representative Hariram Upreti, the Gorkha Municipality has stopped non-essential services after five employees were found to be infected with COVID-19. In a statement issued on August 8, the municipality said that five employees were found COVID-19 positive, and added six more employees had been sent for PCR test. A notice signed by Chief Administrative Officer Dinesh Raj Pant states that the service will be suspended from August 9 until further notice. The municipality has stated that the services provided by the ward office and health institutions will continue.
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