Update of July 16 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 664,576 after additional 2,006 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on July 16, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 628,243 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 94.5% along with the 1,775 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 9,613 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on July 16, 21% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.2% people diagnosed positive till now. On July 16, 211 people below the age of 20 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 9,506. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 43 people died on July 16. There are 27,010 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kaski and Surkhet has more than 500 active cases.
According to Siraha representative Durga Pariyar, the prohibitory order has been extended in the district till August 16, 2021. A meeting chaired by the Chief District Officer on July 14 decided to extend the prohibitory order. The notice has also informed about the list of activities that can and cannot be done by mid-August following the health protocols of Covid-19. Previously fixed marriages and religious dances will be allowed to take place only by following health protocols but markets and bazaars, gatherings, parties, and rallies are prohibited. And it is mandatory to have written approval of the rural municipality office to complete the procedure at home so as not to exceed 10 people, not to bring DJ instruments and not to cause noise pollution, and not to conduct teaching classes or examinations in physical presence. The notice has requested the public vehicles to follow health standards as a priority. Chief District Officer Kandel said that action would be taken as per the Infectious Diseases Act, 2020 BS, and Covid-19 Crisis Management Ordinance, 2028 BS.
According to Ramechhap representative, Nawaraj Ghimire, the prohibitory order has been extended for a week till July 22, 2021. A meeting of the District COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee decided to extend the prohibitory order. Shops of Food and livestock grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, water, gas, petrol pumps, hotels, tea breaks, restaurants, construction materials, bookstores and printing presses, milk dairies, workshops, etc. will operate during this period. It has been decided to allow it to operate till 7 pm. Banks, cooperatives and financial institutions will be allowed to operate from 10 am to 5 pm.
According to Dolakha representative, Uddhav Pokharel, the prohibitory order has been extended for 10 days in the district. A meeting of the District COVID Crisis Management Centre (DCCMC) held on July 16 has decided to extend the ban for the next 10 days saying that the number of COVID infections is increasing in the district. Chief District Officer Basudev Ghimire informed that the district-wide prohibition has been extended as the rate of increase of Covid-19 infection with the new variant remains the same. Chief District Officer Ghimire said that all other businesses including shops, businesses, hotels and restaurants can be operated from 6 am to 7 pm only after taking all health precautions during the issuance of the prohibitory order.
According to Lalitpur representative Deepak Prasad Ghimire, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a statement on July 16 stating that it has written to the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre and other concerned agencies to immediately administer the vaccines against COVID-19 to Nepali workers going for foreign employment. The statement also said that even in the case of the second wave of COVID-19, the economic burden on Nepali workers in major destination countries of Nepali migrant workers including Qatar and Saudi Arabia is expected to increase. The commission has mentioned that Nepali workers who have entered those countries without vaccination must stay in quarantine for a specified time and undergo a PCR test to control the pandemic of COVID-19.
According to Kailali representative Mainamoti Chaudhary, a meeting of the Covid-19 District Crisis Management Committee held on July 15 has extended the prohibitory order till July 26. Shivraj Joshi, Information Officer at the District Administration Office, Kailali, said that all the shops operate from 5 am to 8 pm and public and private vehicles to operate in full compliance with health standards.
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