Update of January 20 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 887,769 after additional 10,052 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on January 20, 2022. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 818,809 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 92.2% along with 649 latest recovered. There are 57,328 active infected cases at present.
According to the Ministry, 21.007 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on January 20, 48% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 17.5% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 11,632. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, four died on January 20. 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 20, 6,490 people were tested through the antigen process among which 2,286 were diagnosed positive with COVID-19. Till date, 108,119 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, 12,579,242 people have been fully vaccinated till January 20.
According to INSEC Province 1 / Office Biratnagar, 1,060 people have been infected with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Province 1. According to the Ministry of Social Development, the PCR test of 1,397 people confirmed the infection in 845 people and the antigen test of 567 people confirmed the infection in 215 people. According to the ministry, 377 people in Morang, 254 in Sunsari, 138 in Jhapa, 13 in Dhankuta, five in Udaypur, two each in Tehrathum and Ilam, one each in Okhaldhunga, Panchthar, Bhojpur and Khotang, and 50 people were from outside of Province 1 have been confirmed infected, according to the ministry. In Province 1, 48 people have been recovered from the infection on January 20. In the last 24 hours, a woman has died due to infection. The number of active infected people is 4,515, according to the Ministry of Social Development.
According to Sankhuwasabha representative Bhawin Karki, the operation of the school has been stopped after the Chichila rural municipality after the students were diagnosed positive with COVID-19. The rural municipality has notified the decision to close the school till January 26. It has been decided to close all the schools within the rural municipality after the infection was confirmed in the teachers and students of Jalpa Secondary School in Chichila rural municipality-3, said rural municipality’s chairperson Pasang Nurwa Sherpa. The infection of COVID-19 has been confirmed in 13 teachers and students of Jalpa Secondary School, said Chairperson Sherpa. The Chainpur Municipality has decided to close all the schools in the city from January 14 to January 29, due to the increase in COVID-19.
According to Jhapa representative Naresh Khati, the administration office has issued a 30-point order related to COVID-19 with effect from 12 noon on January 20. The order has banned activities such as public meetings, processions and gatherings till the end of January. It is mentioned in the order that vaccination card has been made mandatory to get public service from January 20. The Land Reform and Land Revenue Office has made public the information that the service has been suspended from January 20 to January 26 due to the increased risk of COVID-19. Bhadrapur Municipality-9 has informed that the service has been suspended in the office from January 20 to January 22.
According to Solukhumbu representative Bhoj Raj Karki, the ‘Where is your mask?’ campaign has been launched in the district since January 20. The District Police Office has launched the campaign to warn the public not to travel without wearing a mask.
According to Bhaktapur Representative Ramesh Giri, the District Administration Office has stated that all services except emergency have been suspended since January 20. Chief District Officer Rudra Devi Sharma informed that all the services of the office have been suspended except for the essential services related to peace and security and issues. He said that the administration has decided to stop all services except the essential ones as the employees of various fields working in the district administration office have been infected with COVID-19 and have to undergo treatment and isolation. In a notice issued on January 20, the district administration office has requested the service recipients who want to avail the essential services to wear the mask, follow the health protocols and bring the vaccination card or its photo.
According to Gorkha representative Hariram Upreti, the ward office of Palungtar Municipality-2 has been shut down due to increased risk of COVID-19 infection. Ward Chairman Lok Nath Wagle informed that all the services except the most essential services have been suspended from January 21 to January 26 due to the infection of COVID-19 in an employee of the ward office.
According to Tanahu representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, the service of Shuklagand Municipality has been suspended indefinitely after the COVID -19 infection was confirmed in the employees of the municipality. Chief Administrative Officer Lila Ballabh Neupane said that all the services provided by the municipality except the essential ones will be closed until further notice as the municipality has confirmed the infection of COVID -19 in 16 employees.
According to Baglung Representative Sirjana Pant, the District Administration Office, Baglung, has decided to operate the help desks at the inter-district, district entry points for COVID-19 infection, prevention, control and treatment. Chief District Officer Ramesh Dhakal said in a press release that the help desks at Maldhunga, Jamini Municipality-8, Chisti, Nisikhola Gaonpalika-8, Bhalkot, Badigad Gaonpalika-2, Kharwang and Bareng Rural Municipality-2 will be made more operational.
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