Update of May 14 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 439,685 after additional 8,520 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on May 14, 2021. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 327,553 of the total infected have recovered, and the recovery rate has reached 74.5% along with the 6,135 latest recovered.
According to the Ministry, 20,948 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Out of the total number of tests conducted on May 14, 41% were diagnosed positive and overall there were 16% people diagnosed positive till now. On May 14, 702 people below the age of 19 were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
Till now, the death toll has reached 4,669. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 203 people died on May 14. There are 107,336 in isolation. There are more than 500 active cases in Morang, Sunsari, Jhapa, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Parsa, Mahottari, Bara, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Kaski, Nawalparasi East, Gorkha, Tanahu, Dang, Rupandehi, Banke, Palpa, Bardiya, Kapilbastu, Arghakhanchi, Nawalparasi West, Surkhet, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi and Achham.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 73 districts have been following complete or partial prohibition till May 14, 2021.
In Province 1,
Due to the increase in the cases of COVID-19, Morang district has extended the prohibition till May 25, 2021, Jhapa and Udaypur have extended the prohibition till May 21 and Dhankuta district has extended the prohibition till May 29.
In Province 2,
Mahottari’s Aurahi Municipality has decided to shut down non-essential services from May 14. During this period, health-related services and garbage management will continue. According to Saptari, the Kanchanrup Municipality of Saptari has been completely sealed for an indefinite period since May 14 after the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
In Bagmati Province,
In Kathmandu, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a statement on May 14 urging the government to provide oxygen to the patients affected by the pandemic. It has also requested for immediate provision of COVID vaccine, ventilator, intensive care unit (ICU), and easy supply of medical supplies, food and essential services and goods. Private hospitals in Hetauda in Makwanpur have stated that they cannot treat COVID patients due to lack of oxygen. Hetauda’s Makwanpur Cooperative Hospital and Chure Hill Hospital have issued a joint statement on May 14 stating that they could not treat COVID patients due to lack of oxygen.
In Gandaki Province,
Tanahu District Administration Office has extended the prohibition order till May 29. As the infection rate of Covid-19 is increasing in Myagdi, the period of a prohibition order in Myagdi has been extended for another 10 days which is till May 24.
In Lumbini Province,
Arghakhanchi, Dang, Banke, Rupandehi, Kapilbastu, Palpa, Bardiya and Nawalparasi West has more than 500 people infected from Covid-19, while Gulmi and Rolpa are the districts with more than 200 infected. In Lumbini, there are 19,391 infected people in home isolation, 2,205 in institutional isolation, 164 in ICU, and 16 in a ventilator.
In Karnali Province,
In Humla, Santosh Dhami, a health coordinator of Sarkegad rural municipality, has been airlifted to Karnali Institute of Health Sciences, Jumla on May 14 for further treatment. In Surkhet, Karnali Provincial Hospital Surkhet has stated that it is not possible to admit more infected patients due to lack of oxygen. The hospital, which also has Covid Hospital, needs 300 cylinders of oxygen daily, but 200 cylinders were brought a few days ago and there has been a shortage of oxygen for two days. Although 200 patients can be treated in the hospital, only 98 people are currently being treated due to lack of oxygen and new admissions cannot be taken unless there is enough oxygen even though there are manpower and beds. Although the hospital currently operates two oxygen plants, those plants are unable to supply oxygen the oxygen produced is not even enough for the patients being treated in the hospital.
In Mugu, a meeting of the District Covid Crisis Management Centre and the District Security Committee has recommended extending the prohibition for one more week, on May 13 since an infection of Covid-19 is on the rise.
In Sudur Paschim Province,
In Kailali, as the number of people infected due to the second wave of COVID-19 is spreading day by day in Nepal, the Sudur Paschim Province Civil Society organized a zoom meeting on the morning of May 14 to draw the attention of the federal, provincial government and local level. The demands have been mentioned in the letter issued by the Sudur Paschim Province Civil Society, which is a common forum of various organizations working in the Sudur Paschim including INSEC, NGO Federation, District Bar Unit and Federation of Journalists. In Darchula, Chief District Officer Siddharaj Joshi said that the prohibition order has been extended till May 24 at a meeting of the District Crisis Management Centre on May 14.
Similarly, the local COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee and the all-party meeting have decided to make five isolation beds in wards 1, 2, 4 and 6 of Api Himal Rural Municipality.
The Dadeldhura branch of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has decided to build a 10-bed isolation centre to manage the risk of journalists working at the forefront during the covid virus infection. According to Assistant Chief District Officer Kiran Joshi, a meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee held on May 14 has extended the prohibition order till May 29 to control and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the district.
The Dadeldhura branch of the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has decided to build a 10-bed isolation centre to manage the risk of journalists working at the forefront during the covid virus infection. According to Assistant Chief District Officer Kiran Joshi, a meeting of the District Crisis Management Committee held on May 14 has extended the prohibition order till May 29 to control and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the district. In Baitadi, although a district-wide prohibition order has been issued for the transmission, prevention and control of the covid virus, it has not been fully complied with.
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