Update of November 24 Regarding COVID-19 Infection
The number of COVID-19 infected people has reached 224,078 after additional 1,790 new cases were detected positive in Nepal on November 24, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 204,858 have recovered. On November 24, the rate of recovery reached 91% along with the 2,791 latest discharged after treatment. The ministry reported that 17,859 people are being treated. Out of which, 6,518 are in home isolation, 393 are being treated in ICU, and 57 are being treated with the support of the ventilators. Till now, the death toll has reached 1,361. According to the Ministry, 10,843 swab tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. There aren’t any active cases in Manang and Mugu while Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kaski, and Rupandehi have more than 500 active cases.
In Bagmati Province,
According to Nuwakot representative Navadeep Shrestha, the collection of swabs for the COVID-19 PCR test at Trishuli Hospital has been stopped since November 24. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Dipendra Pandey, informed that the hospital, which has been collecting swabs on Mondays and Thursdays, will test only the samples collected at the local level. Uttam Khanal, information officer at the district health office, said that only samples brought through the local level would be tested as per the protocol of the provincial government after complaints were received that other services of the hospital were affected and other patients were not comfortable to come to the hospital. The hospital has stated that the patients who have been admitted in the emergency, need to undergo surgery, and or visit OPD service will be tested by collecting swabs on the recommendation of the doctor. The PCR testing service was started at the district hospital on September 22.
In Gandaki Province,
According to Parbat representative Santosh Thapa, Dimuwa Bazaar of Modi Rural Municipality-6, Tilahar has been closed since November 24 due to the risk of COVID-19 infection. It has been decided to close Dimuwa Bazaar until the results of the swab collection come from the ward level. According to Bimal Lamichhane, chairperson of the party and spokesperson of Modi rural municipality, a 61-year-old man from Dimuwa Bazaar had died on November 21 due to COVID-19 infection.
According to Tanahu representative Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, the municipality will be closed for three days after the people’s representative of Shuklagandaki was diagnosed with COVID positive. Khim Bahadur Kumal, the spokesperson of the municipality, said that it has been decided to suspend the services of the municipality for three days for contact tracing and PCR testing of the people who came in contact with the people’s representative. The municipality has announced that the services provided by the municipality office and all ward offices will be closed from November 25 to November 27. Spokesperson Kumal said that essential health services and natural disaster-related services would be provided during this period.
According to Salyan representative Mina Budhathoki, the district headquarters of Khalanga Bazaar has been sealed for a week after the locals were found COVID-19 positive. According to the District Administration Office, Salyan, Khalanga Bazaar has been sealed from November 24 to November 30. A statement issued by the administration said that all the areas east of Khalanga Bazaar Milan Hotel from Jorpipal of Saranda Municipality-2 Dandagaun Bazaar and all areas east of Nepal Bank Limited from Khalanga Bus Park have been sealed.
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