In the last 24 hours, 224 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in Kathmandu Valley. In the previous eight days alone, 1,519 corona infected people have been added in the Kathmandu Valley. As the number of infected people has increased, a restraining order has been issued in all the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley.
But even during this period, cataclysmic tracing has not been effective, according to public health experts. Those who have come in direct contact with the infected people, swabs are now being collected to address that. Today alone, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City has collected more than 260 swabs in wards 9, 30, 31, and 32.
The Valley’s Municipal Forum has also decided to widen the scope of contact tracing and testing. It has been decided to broaden the scope of contact tracing and testing in coordination with the Ministry of Health, keeping in mind the risk of spreading the infection at the community level, said Vidya Sundar Shakya, chairperson of the forum and head of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Corporation.
“We will make a schedule tomorrow and move ahead with contact tracing and testing in all 18 municipalities of the valley,” he said at a press conference on Monday.
As of Monday evening, the number of infected people in the Kathmandu Valley has reached 3486, of which 2756 are in Kathmandu, 444 in Lalitpur, and 286 in Bhaktapur. But the number of corona infections in the valley could be more than 15,000, said Dr. Khem Karki. He also said that If we don’t break that chain, things could get worse.
Mayor Shakya said that about 28,000 people undergoing cataclysmic tracing would be tested by December 31 to identify the possible infected people. For that, he has requested all the three district administrations of the Kathmandu Valley to extend the lockdown until September 30.
The Ministry of Health has committed to appointing 18 focal persons in 18 municipalities from tomorrow. Director-General of the Department of Health Dipendra Man Singh informed that the department is ready to manage the required human resources.