Update of November 12 Regarding COVID-19 Infection

  November 13, 2020 By: INSEC

The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 202,329 after additional 1,913 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on November 12, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 164,592 have been discharged after recovery. On November 12, the rate of recovery reached 80.6% along with the 2,349 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 38,461 people are being treated. Out of which, 29,384 are in home isolation, 373 are being treated in ICU, and 87 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 1,189. According to the Ministry, 10,022 number of swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Provincial Reports

In Bagmati Province,

According to Nuwakot Representative Nawadeep Shrestha, the Bidur Municipality has suspended the services of the municipality and 13 ward offices on November 11 and 12 by publishing a notice in the morning. The Acting Chief Administrative Officer Diwakar Chapagain said that the office was closed as all the employees had to stay in quarantine due to contact testing. As the ward office is closed, the service recipients are in a dilemma as they could not receive a recommendation for social security allowance, birth and death registration before the festival.

According to Chitwan Representative Dipendra Adhikari, there is a shortage of blood in the district. Ramesh Kant Poudel, head of the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Bharatpur, said that the patients could not get to the hospital due to the increasing spread of COVID-19. He said that it was difficult to meet the daily demand of 100 units of blood. Poudel informed that there was a shortage of blood due to lack of blood donation due to COVID-19. He said that only 30 units of blood is demanded daily from BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital in the district. The demand for blood has started increasing as the pressure of patients for treatment at the two big medical colleges, Cancer Hospital and Bharatpur Hospital has increased.

Gandaki Province

According to Parbat Representative Santosh Thapa, the government has allocated One Million each to the for the establishment of isolation centre. Although the directive was issued in August to start the work within three months, they have not been able to build it in Parbat till the end of October. Although a temporary COVID-19 Hospital has been set up in Kushma Bazaar, the district headquarters of Savik in Kushma Municipality, which has seven local levels including two municipalities and five villages, it has not been started at other local levels. The service will start on October 10 after the staffing of the district’s Paiyu rural municipality is completed only on October 10. At other local levels of the district, there is a problem in the management of health workers. The isolation centre is being set up with the provision of keeping the infected people in the isolation centre constructed by the local level as the rate of infection is increasing.

According to Gorkha representative Hariram Upreti, social organizations including INSEC have demanded immediate and effective steps to control and prevent the spread of corona at the community level in the district. The Human Rights Network and Citizens’ Common Question, formed by the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), jointly handed over a memorandum to Assistant Chief District Officer Devi Pandey Khatri on November 12. At the same time, it has demanded to create an environment within the security standards. The memorandum states that the period of non-report after PCR test and those living in home isolation should also create an environment where they can meet the health standards. The memorandum also demanded that the scope of identification and testing of those who have come in contact with the infected should be widened

In Sudur Paschim Province,

According to Bajhang representative Ramesh KC, one detainee has escaped from the isolation of Bajhang District Jail. According to police, Netra Bikram Chand (Biplov) -led banned CPN cadre Pravindra Dhami escaped from the isolation cell inside the old building of Bajhang Prison. Jailer Jhalak Rokaya said that he may have escaped between 6 am and 6:15 am on November 11 while the security personnel were changing their duties. Dhami was kept in solitary confinement in the prison after he showed positive results.

He was arrested on October 31 on charges of extorting public property and donations from Dhangadhi. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection on November 2. In addition, the Bajhang District Court had remanded him in custody on November 3. According to Chief District Officer Kamal Raj Bhandari, the search operation was intensified after Dhami escaped from the isolation cell of the prison and an investigation team was formed under the coordination of Assistant Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Sarki. The security of the prison had been handed over to the Nepal Army for several months.

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