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As virus spreads, city to focus on contact tracing

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As virus spreads, city to focus on contact tracing

Police detain people flouting prohibitory orders in Basantapur, Kathmandu, on Saturday. Non-essential public movement has been restricted inside Kathmandu Valley since August 19 midnight to contain the spread of cornavirus. The Valley’s tally stands at 7,900 with 408 cases in the past 24 hours. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has been coordinating with the federal government in the fight against Covid-19 due to the high infection caseload in the city compared to other parts of Kathmandu Valley.

The city officials said the KMC has only been focusing on contact tracing work while the federal government has been handling the jobs of managing and treating the infected patients.

“The city office has only been mobilising teams for contact tracing comprising ward representatives and health workers. Management and treatment of Covid-19 patients are being done by the federal government,” said Ishwor Man Dangol, spokesperson for KMC.

Dangol and two dozen KMC officials are currently in home isolation after Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya tested positive for the coronavirus infection.

According to the Public Health Department of KMC, 3,277 people in Kathmandu had tested positive for the coronavirus infection as of Thursday. Of them, 935 are living in home isolation and 840 symptomatic patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. Twenty people had died of Covid-19 in Kathmandu as of Thursday.

The department data show that only 1,411 people had tested positive for the coronavirus infection in Kathmandu until the day after the three district administration offices in Kathmandu Valley enforced prohibitory orders starting August 20 .

In the past two weeks, an additional 1,866 people in Kathmandu have tested positive for the virus. Dr. Basudev Pandey, director at […]

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