Update of June 22 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 626,343 after additional 3,703 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on June 22, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 564,882 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 90.2% along with the 4,954 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 12,204 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on June 22, 30% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 19.1% people diagnosed positive till now. On June 22, 459 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 8,813. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 41 people died on June 22. There are 52,648 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 22, 2021.
In Bagmati Province,
According to Nuwakot representative Nawadeep Shrestha, the district administration office has extended the prohibition for the seventh time in the district with effect from June 23. Chief District Officer Jeevan Prasad Dulal informed that the meeting of the District Level Covid-19 Management Center (DCCMC) held on June 22 extended the prohibition till June 29. Chief District Officer Dulal said that the prohibition order had to be continued as the covid infection was not under control in the district. As per the statistics of June 22, 963 people are actively infected in the district.
According to Kathmandu District Representative Bimala Poudel, the Supreme Court has issued an interim order in the name of the government on June 22 to give the second dose of Coveshield to the senior citizens who have been vaccinated with the first dose. Hearing a writ petition filed by Arjun Raj Giri in the name of the government seeking immediate vaccination of the senior citizens, the Supreme Court has issued an interim order to give the second dose to the senior citizens above 65 years of age as soon as possible.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that a second dose be given within eight to 12 weeks of the first dose of the covshield vaccine. However, about 1.35 million senior citizens over the age of 65 in Nepal have not been able to take the second dose even after 12 weeks of taking the first dose.
In Gandaki Province,
According to Tanahu Representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, the GP Koirala National Respiratory Treatment Centre of Shuklagandaki Municipality has dismissed four employees. The hospital administration has dismissed four employees on June 22 on the accusation of compelling the beneficiaries to conduct PCR test and buy medicine and charging higher fee in collaboration with a private lab in Pokhara. Pharmacist Sudhan Pant, lab technician Ananda Prasad Dhungana, radiographer Bidhan Timilsina and security guard Madan Shrestha have been dismissed by the hospital administration. The public had lodged a complaint against the four on May 26, 2021. After receiving the complaint, the hospital administration had sought clarification for the first time in two days and the second time in 24 hours.
After the administration was not satisfied with the explanation given by them both times, they were suspended on May 31 and they were dismissed on June 22. Dr. Ram Kumar Shrestha, the acting executive director of the hospital, informed that the contract was terminated and dismissed as he acted against the rules of the hospital during the investigation.
According to Myagdi representative Amrit Prasad Poudel, the period of prohibition order has been extended in the district. According to the District Administration Office, Myagdi, a meeting of the District Covid Management Center (DCMC) chaired by Chief District Officer Ganesh Bahadur Adhikari on June 22 decided to extend the prohibition order till June 28.
In Lumbini Province,
According to Arghakhanchi representative Narayan Bhusal, a meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (DCMC) held on June 22 extended the prohibition order till June 29. Assistant Chief District Officer Bikram Thapa said that it has been decided that the shops selling medicines and health products will be open 24 hours a day and the shops selling and buying various goods and services will be operated from 5 am to 4 pm following the health standards prescribed by the Government of Nepal. Gatherings at educational institutions, training, seminars, hotels, restaurants, salons and other gatherings have been banned. All activities except regular worship at religious places have been banned.
According to Kapilvastu representative Parbati Acharya, a meeting of the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee and the District Security Committee held at the District Administration Office on June 22 has decided to extend the prohibition till June 82. The District Administration Office has informed that those who do not follow the order will be punished as per Section (4) of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Ordinance 2078 BS and Section 6 of the Local Administration Act, 2028 BS
In Karnali Province,
According to Jumla representative Mandatta Rawal, a meeting of the Covid-19 District Crisis Management Committee held on June 22 extended the prohibition order till June 28, said Chief District Officer Bhupendra Thapa. Of the two ambulances being used to transport coving infected patients to the hospital, an agreement has been reached for an ambulance operated by the Jumla Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The meeting also requested to extend the contract of the ambulance operated by the Federation of Nepali Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) as there would be problems in transporting the patients to the hospital from the ambulance operated by the Parliament Development Fund, said Chief District Officer Thapa.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
According to Achham Representative Shivaraj Dhungana, a meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee chaired by Chief District Officer Rudra Bahadur Malla on June 22 has added a prohibition order for the Covid-19 infection rate from June 22 to June 28. During the prohibition order, health and treatment services, ambulances, vehicles other than essential services, gatherings, meetings, fairs, festivals, hotels, restaurants, libraries, entertainment venues, sports, salons, beauty parlours and other areas will be closed and without full compliance with health standards. Chief District Officer Rudra Bahadur Malla said that action would be taken as per the Infectious Diseases Act 2020 and prevailing law in case of violation.
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