Update of January 19 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 877,717 after additional 9,502 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on January 19, 2022. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 818,160 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 93.1% along with 613 latest recovered. There are 47,929 active infected cases at present.
According to the Ministry, 18,078 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on January 19, 53% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17.2% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 11,628. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, four died on January 19. There are 25,680 people in home isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Kavrepalanchowk, Kaski, Banke, Rupandehi and Kailali have more than 500 active cases.
On January 19, 5,331 people were tested through the antigen process among which 1,850 were diagnosed positive with COVID-19. Till date, 105,833 people have been diagnosed positive with antigen method. The number of infected, cured, and active cases has not been separated in this data. According to the Ministry, 12,466,092 people have been fully vaccinated till January 19.
According to Lalitpur Representative Deepak Prasad Ghimire, the non-essential services provided by the District Administration Office have been suspended. According to the notice released on January 19, the service has been postponed with effect from January 20, taking into account the growing infection with the new variant of COVID-19 which is the Omicron variant. It is mentioned in the notice that the service of making citizenship, passport, organization registration, national identity card and minor identity card has also been postponed. The Chief District Officer issued the order on January 19 using the authority given by Section 2 of the Infectious Diseases Act, 2020 and the authority given by Sub-section 3 of Section 6 of the Local Administration Act, 2028.
According to Nuwakot representative Nawadeep Shrestha, the services provided by the hospital have been affected after 30 health workers including doctors working at Trishuli Hospital were diagnosed positive with COVID-19 at the same time. The hospital administration has issued a notice on January 19 urging not to come to the hospital until it is urgent work. According to Dr. Dipendra Pandey, Medical Superintendent of Trishuli Hospital, 30 people including specialist doctors, medical officers, staff nurses, laboratory workers and other staff of the hospital have been infected. As the three doctors working in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have been infected with COVID-19, the services of the department such as delivery and surgery have been stopped.
According to Kaski representative Sushan Ghimire, the District Administration Office, Kaski has stated that the service will be suspended from January 20 after the employees working in the Passport Branch and National Identity Card Details Registration Unit were found to be infected with the new variant. The office said in a statement that the service provided by the Passport Branch and the National Identity Card Details Unit had been suspended until further notice.
According to Tanahu representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, oxygen production has been started at GP Koirala National Respiratory Treatment Centre in Belchautara, Shuklagand Municipality-5. According to Dr. Ram Kumar Shrestha, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, oxygen production has been started from the hospital with the financial support of the federal government. Stating that the daily production capacity of the plant is 100 cylinders, it is currently producing as per the requirement of the hospital. He said that special attention has been paid to oxygen production as the number of infected people has increased recently.
According to Gorkha representative Hariram Upreti, Chief District Officer of the District Administration Office, Shankar Hari Acharya, has issued a prohibitory order with effect from midnight on January 19 after the number of covid infections increased in the district. During the period of the prohibitory order, all kinds of public processions, congregations, gatherings or assemblies are prohibited.
According to Myagdi representative Amrit Prasad Poudel, Chief District Officer Chiranjeevi Rana has issued a notice on January 19 stating that educational institutions, Talopani Kunda and religious areas will be closed from January 19 to January 29.
According to Arghakhanchi representative Kul Bahadur Nepali, non-essential services have been suspended since January 18 after 17 employees of Sandhikharka Municipality were found to be infected with COVID-19. According to Thakur Kumar BK, deputy chief of the municipality, non-essential services have been suspended till January 21.
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