Monday 25th October 2021

Framework for school operation in non-risk area put in place

Kathmandu, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has opened up avenues for resuming teaching and learning activities in COVID-19 risk free area and the schools of local level witnessing gradual decline in the coronavirus cases through rotational shift or proper methods.

The Ministry has provided a guideline to the local levels to gradually resume school operation by mapping the coronavirus risks. The Ministry has included the cabinet-endorsed ‘Framework for School Operation in the Context of COVID-19’ in its website.

At a time when teaching and learning made in educational institutions through online measures did not go effective at local levels, the government has prepared the base for school operation. The framework has highlighted the need of adopting public health safety protocol including sanitizing of schools used as quarantine and isolation centers before re-operation.

The government has urged the local levels and schools to manage student enrolment, school operation and teaching-learning management as well as the procedures for the resumption of postponed examination.

The government has initiated the task of conducting examinations of all levels acting on the cabinet decision of October 8. Direct examination for 40 marks of grade 12 of the last year is taking place since November 24. However, there was a discussion on alternative measure for conducting examinations online.

The government decided to adopt the direct examination system with a conclusion that the examination through online mode would lose credibility, it is informed.

Country records 2,071new cases of coronavirus

Kathmandu, Oct 11, A total of 2,071new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in the country on Sunday.

According to Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population Dr Jageshwar Gautam, 1416 are from the Kathmandu valley out of the total cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Dr Gautam said that 1,145 cases are from Kathmandu district, 110 from Bhaktapur and 161 are from Lalitpur. With this, total number of cases of the virus reached 107, 755 in the country.

Dr Gautam added that 22 persons died of infection in the past 24 hours in the country. So far, the number of deaths caused by the infection reached 636 in the country.

According to Ministry, 76 infected people are undergoing treatment in ventilators while 329 are in ICU support in different hospitals across the country.

Siraha DAO closes service except security owing to COVID-19

Lahan, Oct 4, The District Administration Office in Siraha has closed all of its services except security for a week, reasoning that its employees were infected with the coronavirus.

Issuing a public notice today, Chief District Officer Pradip Raj Kandel informed that eight employees at the office tested positive for the coronavirus so far, so it decided to close the office.

He however said the office would continue emergency service as peace and security and complaint hearing. The office closure was adopted from today to contain the further spread of the deadly virus, CDO Kandel added.

He urged everyone to maintain social distancing, wear mask, wash hand with soap and water and use sanitizer. RSS

92% recovery on COVID-19 infected Nepalis abroad

Kathmandu, Oct 4, Of all the Nepalis infected with coronavirus abroad, 92 per cent have fully recovered normal health, according to the Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA).

Altogether 35,916 Nepalis in 42 countries have recovered from the coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 infected Nepalis residing in 42 countries stood at 39,528 as of Saturday evening. NRNA’s Health Committee coordinator Dr Sanjeev Sapkota shared that recent COVID-19 casualty among Nepalis abroad recorded this week was from South Africa.

Altogether 266 Nepalis including the one in South Africa have succumbed to this flu-like infection so far, informed NRNA COVID-19 High-level Committee’s press coordinator Chiran Sharma.

In Nepal, altogether 84,570 persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 as of now while 62,740 of them have fully recovered. Similarly, a total 528 COVID-19 patients have lost their lives to the deadly infection within the country till date.

Woman dies of COVID-19

Dharan, Oct 3, A woman of 28 year died of COVID-19 while receiving treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Science (BPKIHS), Dharan this morning.

The woman is from Inaruwa Municipality-4 of Sunsari district, according to Joint Spokesperson Dr Ashish Shrestha.

After she had tested positive for the coronavirus a week back, she was getting treatment at BPKIHS’ COVID-19 hospital.

The woman had not any incurable disease before she got fatal virus. With this, the death toll at BPKIHS reached 39.

76,967 Nepalis returned home

Kathmandu, Sept 26,  A total of 76,967 Nepalis stranded as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic in different countries have returned home. The number is as of Thursday arriving to Kathmandu via air from 32 different countries, according to the COVID-19 Crisis Management Operation Centre (CCMC).

Among them, the highest are from United Arab Emirates at 22,214 and the lowest from Sri Lanka at 5. Majority of them were those who had gone for foreign employment.

Of them, 10,306 returned from Qatar, 8,335 from Kuwait, 11,352 from Malaysia, 11,819 from Saudi Arabia, 1,447 from South Korea, 1,274 from Bahrain, 1,150 from Oman, 1,091 from Australia and 936 from Turkey.

On the State wise, 14,546 are from State no. 1, 11,909 from State no. 2, 18,247 from Bagmati, 8,973 from Gandaki, 1,518 from Karnali and 1,736 from Sudur Paschim, according to the CCMC. The province-wise details of 8,497 returnees were not recorded.

With spike of 86,508 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 57-lakh mark

New Delhi [India], September 24 (ANI): With a spike of 86,508 new cases and 1,129 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 count reached 57,32,519 on Thursday. According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, this includes 9,66,382 active cases, and 46,74,988 cured, discharged or migrated patients. The death toll in the country due to the infection has reached 91,149.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected State in the country with 2,73,883 active cases and 9,56,030 cured and discharged patients. The toll due to the disease stands at 33,886. Karnataka is the second-most affected by the disease currently with 94,671 active cases in the State. The number of cured and discharged patients stands at 4,37,910.

The death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 8,266. Andhra Pradesh with 70,357 active and 5,70,667 cured patients is also severely affected. 5,506 people have lost their lives due to the disease so far in the State. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday said that the number of total samples tested in the country up to September 23rd is 6,74,36,031 including 11,56,569 samples tested yesterday. New recoveries in the country have exceeded the new COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day, said Union Health Ministry on Thursday.

As per the data of the Ministry, on September 19, India recorded 93,337 new COVID-19 cases and 95,880 recoveries, on September 20, the country reported 92,605 new cases and 94,612 recoveries, on September 21, the number of new cases stood at 86,961 with 93,356 recoveries, on September 22, the nation recorded 75,083 new case and highest single-day recoveries of 1,01, 468 and on September 23, the number of reported new cases was 83,347 and recoveries stood at 89,746.

Hopeful COVID-19 vaccine will be available in India next year: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, September 17 (ANI): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that he is hopeful that by the early next year, the vaccine will be available in India and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has handled Covid-19 “meticulously.”

“History will remember Prime Minister Narendra Modi for meticulously monitoring the entire situation himself. India is making efforts just like other countries. Under Prime Minister’s guidance, an expert group is looking at it and we have advanced planning in place. We are hopeful that by the start of next year, the vaccine will be available in India,” he said in the Rajya Sabha.

“From January 8, the Prime Minister, the Ministers and State health ministers have been addressing the situation. All Chief Ministers have fought this battle with the Prime Minister. All types of advisories and details were given before the first case of COVID-19 in the country on January 30. Extensive contact-tracing was undertaken for that case. For the first case, 162 contacts were traced.

That is how we started our history of contact tracing,” the Union Minister added. Responding to Congress MP Anand Sharma’s query, Vardhan said that six scientific agencies gave scientific data on the basis of which it was stated between 14-29 lakh cases were prevented by the coronavirus lockdown. (ANI)

50 percent coronavirus cases transmitted through hospitals in Chitwan, study says

Chitwan, Sept 15, The coronavirus infection has been transmitted through the hospitals in Chitwan, a study reveals. According to a study undertaken by the District COVID Crisis Management Centre, almost 50 percent of the infections diagnosed so far have been transmitted through the hospitals.

Centre’s member and health office Chitwan chief Deepak Tiwari shared that among the total infected are 254 doctors and health workers. The number accounts for 20 percent of the total infected cases diagnosed as of today. He further shared that at least one member of the house of infected doctors and health workers has been found with the infection. With this, the count of the infection stands at 40 percent.

Besides, additional 101 coronavirus infected have shared that they got transmitted while visiting hospitals for treatment or attending patients at hospitals, he said. Tiwari added, “It was found that hospitals share 50 percent of the infection cases in the district”. The study has also revealed that infection has been diagnosed among other 111 people who have been involved in industry, trade, hotel, fruits and vegetables grocery and other entrepreneurs.

Likewise, the case has been increasingly found among the workers of factories, hotels, enterprises or business outlets. It has also increased among the people living in rented houses having a single toilet. “The infection has been detected among those involved in transporting grocery goods, grocery owners, vehicle drivers, workers coming from outside without coronavirus tests and frontline service providers at banks, financial institutions and electricity authority offices among others”, stated the study report.

Tiwari further informed that series of discussions were already held with district-based hospitals to develop a plan of actions to prevent the transmission of coronavirus after the hospitals were found to be the high risk zone for the virus transmission. Number of infected has so far surged to 1,307 in the district and 17 persons have lost their lives to the corona infection. The death toll has reached 29 including the data of other districts apart from Chitwan.

COVID-19 patient in Kapilvastu succumbs to infection

Rupandehi, Sept 14, A COVID-19 infected person who was undergoing treatment at COVID-19 Special Hospital in Butwal of Rupandehi district has succumbed to the deadly infection today.

The 47-year-old woman from Shivaraj Municipality-5 in Kapilvastu died at 4:30 am today, informed Lumbini Provincial Hospital’s Information officer Dr Bishnu Gautam.

The woman had been admitted to the Gautam Buddha Community Cardiovascular Hospital on September 6 for dialysis of kidney. She tested positive for the COVID-19 in the PCR test after which she was treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the COVID-19 Special Hospital.

Another 17 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment in the ICU of the Hospital. One COVID-19 patient is being treated with ventilator support, shared Dr Gautam.