Update of January 13 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 266,143 after additional 445 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on January 13, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 259,772 of the total infected have recovered. On January 13, the rate of recovery reached 97.6% along with the 414 latest recovered. The ministry reported that 4,434 people are being treated. Out of which 3,327 are in home isolation, 144 are being treated in ICU, and 35 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 1,937. According to the Ministry, 4,154 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. There aren’t any active cases in Taplejung, Rukum West, Kalikot, Bajura, and Mugu, while Kathmandu has more than 500 active cases.
According to Dang Representative, Jay Narayan Pun, the COVID test has been stopped in Dang due to lack of kits. According to Jhankar Lamichhane, the registrar for the Rapti Institute of Health Sciences, the only hospital that has been conducting paid tests for the past four days. The institute, which has been testing the swabs of 25-30 people daily for a fee of Rs 2,000 per person, has demanded kits from the Ministry of Health and Population but the service was stopped due to lack of kits, said Registrar Lamichhane. Lamichhane said that the service will be provided soon as efforts are being made to purchase kits from the private sector. The Rapti Institute of Health Sciences in Dang had been testing swabs brought from Dang, Salyan, Rukum, Rolpa and Pyuthan at a fee of Rs 2,000 per person after the local level stopped collecting and testing swabs at the government level.
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