Update of November 19 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 215,020 after additional 2,103 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on November 19, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 185,638 have recovered. On November 19, the rate of recovery reached 86.3% along with the 3,538 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 28,106 people are being treated. Out of which, 25,347 are in home isolation, 380 are being treated in ICU, and 62 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 1,276. According to the Ministry, 9,809 swabs tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
In Karnali Province
According to Rukum (West) Representative Manisha KC, the District Administration Office, Rukum (West) has issued a notice to Musikot Municipality-1 to seal Salle from November 19 further notice. Chief District Officer Badrinath Gaihre informed that it has been decided to seal Mulkhola in the east, Gujildhunga in the west, the hill above Salle in the north, and Salle Airport area in the south to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Health services manager Dr. Chhabilal Nepali informed that services other than emergency and maternity services have been stopped at the hospital. He said that all other services except emergency and obstetric services have been suspended as two people undergoing treatment in the emergency ward were diagnosed positive with COVID-19 and the doctors and paramedics involved in their treatment are in direct contact with them.
According to Humla representative Nanda Singh, a teacher of Dandafaya of Simkot village municipality-7 has been forced to stay in the quarantine made with the tent for a week due to the fear of COVID-19. A teacher working at Mahbouddha High School in Namkha Rural Municipality-4 has been kept in the quarantine of made of the tent even in extremely cold weather under the coordination of Dharapori Police Post and Ward Office No. 7. He has complained that the health institution and the rural municipality have not conducted PCR tests even after seven days of living under a tent. Chief of the Health Service Office, Humla, Prem Bahadur Singh said that no information has been received so far. Chairman of Simkot Rural Municipality Padma Bahadur Lama also said that he did not have any information.
Educational institutions in Humla, which came into operation after a long period of lockdown, have been closed again since November 19. Considering the risk of COVID-19 infection, all the community and institutional schools in all the seven local levels of the district have been closed since November 19 until further notice. Educational institutions across the district have been shut down after 51 students of Mahabouddha Secondary School in Yalwang of Namkha Municipality were diagnosed COVID-19 positive. A meeting of the District COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee held on November 19 has decided to close educational institutions in the district, banned entry for those coming from outside the district if they do not bring PCR report, and also tighten inter-local circulation.
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