Covid-19: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Updates
The World Health Organisation website has currently been providing updates specific to the situation in Nepal. There have been 22 updates since 20/04/20; they tend to appear on a weekly basis.
The latest update can be found here.
Important updates include there have been 56,787 confirmed cases through RT-PCR testing (these are people with a confirmed infection regardless of clinical signs and symptoms).
Figure 1 was taken from Update #15 (29/7/2020).
Figure 2 shows the new map for Update #22 (16/9/2020). Mustang has stayed Covid-19 free between Update 15 and 22. Dolpa has not.
Looking at the latest update there has been a bigger peak in the number of cases within Nepal. This can be seen in Figure 3. There are a greater number of cases being diagnosed every week. It has not quite begun to plateau.
Many of these new cases are originating from Kathmandu valley, Bagmati (see figure 4).
Figure 5 shows the distribution between ages and sex. Men make up 75% of confirmed cases and are usually around working age. This could be taken as evidence as those who attend work are more likely to contract an infection. This is likely due to taking part in riskier activities such as taking public transport and being within close proximity to others during rush hour. The update does state that there is an increase in the number of females being infected proportionately.
It should be noted that there have been 371 Covid-19 related deaths. Of these 71.5% were Male, and 66% of all deaths had at least one known co-morbidity.
Important News in Nepal
• Reduction in cost of PCR testing from 4400->2000 NPR. (1)
• Emergency Operation Center meetings organised from 11/09/20 to continue weekly. (1)
• Domestic and international flights being allowed. International travel will only be available for Nepali nationals, diplomats and development partners. Tourists will not be allowed to enter. Those who travel will need to produce a PCR negative report no later than 72 hours before arrival into country. (1) (2)
• Passengers will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.(2)
• Decrease in institutional births by 52.4% in first 2 months of lockdown (3)
• Increase in neonatal deaths from 13 per 1000 to 30 per 1000 livebirths (3)
• Risk of reduction in funding from donor countries (around 50% of health care provision) (4)
• Lockdown has made businesses reduce the number of paid workers by 50-60% (5)
(Last update to this page: 24/9/20)