Update of July 24 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 679,017 after additional 2,309 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on July 24, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 641,565 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 94.5% along with the 2,197 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 10,625 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on July 24, 22% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.2% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 9,695. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 16 people died on July 24. There are 27,757 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Nawalparasi East, Kaski and Rupandehi have more than 500 active cases.
According to Gulmi representative Toplal Aryal, 17,901 senior citizens above 65 years of age have been deprived of the second dose of Covishield in Gulmi. Two vaccination campaigns have been launched in the district by Covishield and Verocell. According to Pashupati Acharya, Information Officer at the Health Office, Gulmi, the senior citizens have been deprived of full vaccination as the second dose of Covidshield has stopped coming from India. Experts say that the second dose of vaccine should be given within two months of the first vaccination. However, senior citizens have been deprived of vaccination for four months. Dhanakala Adhikari, 75, of Isma Rural Municipality-4 complained that the government has increased the risk by giving the first vaccine to senior citizens against COVID-19. She said that after not receiving it for four months, there was no point in getting vaccinated. In the first week of March (third week of Falgun), senior citizens above 65 years of age, five ambulance drivers, 74 women health volunteers, 116 security personnel, 50 health workers, senior citizens of the old age home, inmates and waste management workers were vaccinated but they did not get the second dose of Covidshield. According to Dhakal, 18,402 including senior citizens above 65 years of age and people from 501 other sectors have not been able to get the second dose of vaccination. Journalist Mahesh Bohora said that he was very confused after not getting another dose for a long time after the first vaccination. They say they are confused about whether to wait for Covishield or get both doses of Verocell. According to the Health Office, Gulmi, there are 147,155 vaccinated citizens above 18 years of age in the district. So far, 43,318 people have been vaccinated and 133,837 people are yet to be vaccinated.
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