Update of June 20 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 621,056 after additional 1,421 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on June 20, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 556,789 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 89.6% along with the 3,456 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 6,677 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on June 20, 21% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19% people diagnosed positive till now. On June 20, 209 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 8,726. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 51 people died on June 20. There are 55,532 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Parsa, Mahottari, Bara, Saptari, Siraha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Kaski, Nawalparasi East, Gorkha, Tanahu, Syangja, Myagdi, Dang, Rupandehi, Banke, Palpa, Bardiya, Kapilbastu, Arghakhanchi, Nawalparasi West, Surkhet, Salyan, Dailekh, Dadeldhura, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi, Doti and Achham.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 75 districts have been following complete or partial prohibition till June 20, 2021.
According to Bara representative Bholanath Poudel, the meeting of the District Level COVID-19 Management Committee held on June 20 has continued the prohibition order issued in the district from June 20 until further notice. As per the decision of the meeting, Chief District Officer Surendra Poudel has added an indefinite period of a prohibition order. During the period of prohibition order, all kinds of businesses have to operate from 6 am to 3 pm by maintaining physical distance by following the health protocols. Chief District Officer Poudel said that the operation of private and public transport has been banned.
According to Parsa representative Krishnachandra Lamichhane, the meeting of the District Level COVID-19 Management Committee decided to extend the prohibition period from June 20 to June 27. The meeting has also decided to maintain a distance of at least two meters between the individuals, to avoid crowded workplace and to ensure that government, public and private offices and agencies provide services and work.
According to Kathmandu Representative Bimala Poudel, the prohibition order issued in the Kathmandu Valley has been extended for another week from June 21. A meeting of the chief district officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur held on June 20 decided to extend the prohibition so that economic activities could continue. According to Kathmandu Chief District Officer Kali Prasad Parajuli, it has been decided to allow banks, the financial sector, fancy shops, and other businesses with fewer crowds to operate their business in a timely manner. The meeting also decided to allow private vehicles to operate following the odd-even system. He said that even though public transport is not allowed to operate during the prohibition period, taxis will be allowed to operate by adopting safety measures. As per the earlier decision, grocery stores, department stores, vegetable, fruit, milk, meat and gas shops have been opening in the morning. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Information Officer Devendra Dhakal said that the Supreme Court has issued an interim order to vaccinate journalists against COVID-19.
According to Tanahu representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, the prohibitory order issued in the district has been extended till June 30. Chief District Officer Sagar Acharya has extended the period of the prohibition order from June 21 to June 30 by publishing a notice.
According to Nawalparasi (Bardaghat Susta-East) Representative Tirtha Raj Dumre, the prohibition has been extended till June 25. The District Administration Office has issued a notice on June 20 stating that a prohibition order has been issued in the district from June 21 to 25.
According to Kaski representative Sushan Ghimire, the District Administration Office, Kaski, issued the order on June 20 and prohibition period till July 2. Public transport will not be allowed to operate during the prohibition order, while private vehicles will have to following the odd and even rule.
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