Update of July 30 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 693,109 after additional 2,467 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on July 30, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 652,261 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 94.1% along with the 1,816 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 9,783 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on July 30, 25% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.3% people diagnosed positive till now.
Till now, the death toll has reached 9,834. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 27 people died on July 30. There are 31,014 in isolation. Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi East, Kaski, Rupandehi, and Surkhet have more than 500 active cases.
According to Baglung representative Srijana Pant, the vaccination campaign against corona, ongoing in Baglung for the past few days, have been postponed after complaints related to unnecessary pressure and abuse by those with access. Raju Khatri, Vaccination Supervisor at the Health Office, Baglung, informed that the program has been postponed till the instruction of the Ministry as no target group has been identified for vaccination. He said that the target group has been vaccinated in Baglung as per the instructions given by the government and now it has been postponed. Khatri said that if the target group specified by the government have missed the campaign, the person will be vaccinated. He said that almost all the citizens targeted by the government have been vaccinated and another target group has not been identified.
The vaccination campaign will resume only after the government selects new target groups. The people in the district have been vaccinated with Covishield, Verocell and Johnson & Johnson, vaccines so far. According to the health office in Baglung, 51,487 people have been vaccinated in the district. According to Supervisor Khatri, more than 11,000 people have been vaccinated by Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 22,000 people have been vaccinated by Vero Cell and 14,640 have been vaccinated by Covishield in the district. According to Khatri, out of the 12,060 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine 10,300 doses have been given to people, 100,181 people above the age of 18 should be vaccinated in Baglung.
Similarly, the District Administration Office, Baglung has extended the prohibitory order and instructed to operate only the prescribed services until further notice. Although the prohibition order issued till July 30 has been extended for indefinite period of time, the hotel business has been allowed to operate with only 50 percent manpower.
Chief District Officer Shiva Kumar Karki informed that a meeting of the District COVID Crisis Management Committee (DCCMC) held on July 29, 2021, recommended to operate the hotel at 50 percent manpower. In the previous decision, restaurants and canteens were allowed to open but residential hotels were not allowed to operate. Hoteliers have been demanding that the hotel be reopened and they should be vaccinated. The administration has requested the government to operate the long and short distance public transport following health standards. Provision has been made to conduct examinations of university and higher secondary level as per the schedule issued by the government.
According to Bajura representative Padma Bahadur Singh, the third phase of vaccination against COVID-19 has started in the district from July 30. The health office will be started from Badimalika Municipality Ward No. 8, 9 and Tribeni Municipality on July 30 and will be started in Budhiganga Municipality, Khaptad Chhededah Rural Municipality, Gaumul Rural Municipality and other wards of Badimalika Municipality from July 31, said Mahesh Chand, Acting Chief of Health Office, Bajura.
Similarly, the vaccination campaign will be launched in four local levels- Budhinanda Municipality, Swamikartik Khapar Municipality, Jagannath Municipality and Himali Municipality from August 1, said Chand. Tek Bahadur Khadka, health coordinator of Badimalika Municipality, said that the third phase of the vaccination campaign will started targeting citizens in the age group of 55 to 61 years, businessmen, social workers, teachers, public transport drivers, helpers and people going abroad for vaccination. This time, 9,700 doses of vaccine are available in the district.
The vaccines available in the district are 1,648 doses in Badimalika municipality, 1,990 doses in Budhiganga municipality, 670 doses in Budhinanda municipality, 1,690 doses in Tribeni municipality, 1,728 doses in Khaptad Chhededaha rural municipality and 729 doses in Gaumul rural municipality. According to Chand, 446 doses have been sent to Swamikartik Khapar rural municipality, 329 doses to Jagannag rural municipality, and 324 doses to Himali rural municipality. In the first and second phase of the vaccination campaign, 19,131 people in the district were vaccinated.
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