Update of July 27 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 685,673 after additional 2,726 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on July 27, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 647,079 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 94.4% along with the 1,778 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 12,655 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on July 27, 20% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.2% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 9,758. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 20 people died on July 27. There are 28,836 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi East, Kaski, and Rupandehi have more than 500 active cases.
According to Morang representative, Netra Prasad Adhikari, the Urlabari Municipality has decided to declare a lockdown in the municipality due to the increase in the cases of COVID-19 in the district. Only very important services will operate during this period of lockdown.
According to Jhapa representative, Naresh Khati, the Arjundhara municipality has been sealed till August 3, 2021. It was decided to seal the municipality due to the increase in the cases of COVID-19. Only very important services will operate during this period.
According to Saptari representative, Manohar Kumar Pokhrel, PCR testing has been stopped at Gajendra Narayan Singh Hospital since July 27, 2021, after the machine stopped functioning. The hospital has stated that the PCR testing service has been closed due to technical problems in the only machine. The beneficiaries are facing trouble due to the problem with the machine. During the PCR test of 40 people, 25 were diagnosed positive with COVID-19 on July 25.
According to Gorkha representative, Hariram Uprety, In Gorkha, 56,000 people have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 7,139 people have received the second dose so far, said Hrishi Khatri, a Cold Chain Supervisor at the Gorkha Health Office. Out of those vaccinated in the district, 9,906 have been vaccinated by the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. In Himali Chumanuvri rural municipality, 2,947 people in the age group of 18 to 54 were vaccinated with Vero Cell. At present, the vaccination campaign is also ongoing for those above 55 years of age who had previously missed out.
According to Baglung representative, Srijana Panta, 51,000 citizens of Baglung have been vaccinated against COVID-19. With the recent increase in the import of vaccines, the work of vaccination has been intensified in phases. According to the Public Health Office, Baglung, 60,000 doses of vaccines were brought in the district out of which 51,487 doses have already been given to the citizens. According to Raju Khatri, Vaccination Supervisor of the Public Health Office, 18,987 people have received both doses of the Covishield vaccine, and 14,540 are deprived of the second dose. In the district, 33,277 people have been fully vaccinated. A single dose of the latest Johnson and Johnson vaccine is considered a full dose. The second dose is yet to be given to senior citizens above 65 years of age because the Covidshield vaccine was not imported. The head of the Public Health Office, Suraj Gurau, said that the vaccine would be given in small doses and that the AstraZeneca vaccine would be administered as the second dose. People have started getting vaccinated, the office chief said that since now everyone will be vaccinated on the basis of the age group. He said that some systematic alternatives have been put in place as there is unnecessary pressure, misuse of the vaccine. As 14,540 people above 65 years of age have been vaccinated with the first dose of Covishield, and now it is delayed so AstraZeneca vaccine will be given as the second dose.
According to Vaccine Supervisor Khatri, the first dose of the Vero Cell vaccine has been given to 22,002 people in the district and the second dose is yet to be given to 18,012 people. Likewise, 12,060 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been given to 10,300 people. In Baglung, 100,181 people above the age of 18 have not been vaccinated. In the coming days, the government is ready to formulate a policy to vaccinate everyone above 40 years of age or everyone above 18 years of age. At present, there are 70 vaccination centers in the district including health posts, health branches, and health centers. There are 70 vaccine centres in the district including the health posts, health department, and health In Baglung, 1181 people above the age of 18 need to be vaccinated. In the coming days, the government is ready to formulate a policy to vaccinate everyone above 40 years of age or everyone above 18 years of age. At present, there are 70 vaccination centers in the district including health posts, health branches, and health centers. The health office has been delivering vaccines to all the vaccine centers despite continuous rainfall. According to Suraj Gurau, the task of supplying vaccines is very challenging as the temperature has to be maintained. Some health facilities have been set up in Galkot, Badigad, Burtibang, and Bareng including the health office.
According to Palpa representative, Yagya Murti Timalsina, the District COVID Crisis Management Centre has extended the ongoing prohibitory period with some feasibility. In a meeting held on July 25, decided to open all kinds of shops till 5 pm by adopting health standards. It is stated that no more than 15 people will be allowed to gather during this period.
According to Pyuthan representative, Rabindra Pandey, the prohibitory order has been eased in the district, and educational institutions, assemblies, and conferences have been banned from functioning until further notice. Chief District Officer Khimraj Bhusal said that the decision was taken at a meeting of the District COVID Crisis Management Centre on July 25 until further notice. At present, 175 people are actively infected in the district.
According to Bardiya representative Man Bahadur Chaudhary, the meeting of the District COVID Crisis Management Centre held on July 25 has extended the prohibitory order till August 9. Chief District Officer Santa Bahadur Sunar said that the operation of crowded places including hotels, schools, parlors, salons, restaurants, gymnasiums, temples, party palaces, sports, and entertainment venues has been banned during this period. Shops selling daily necessities like vegetables, food, milk, and gas will operate from 6 am to 7 pm following the health protocol. Similarly, long and short-distance public transport will be available from 7 am to 6 pm following the health standards.
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