On Monday, a 52-year-old man from Kathmandu died of a Covid-19 infection while undergoing treatment at Star Hospital. The deceased, a homeopathic doctor, was perfectly vaccinated, according to his relatives.
“Hundreds of people are still infected every day and even fully vaccinated people die from complications caused by the infection,” Dr Binjawala Shrestha, assistant professor at the University of Medicine Institute of Medicine, told The Post. Tribhuvan.
The deceased was a relative of Shrestha.
âThe risk of spreading new variants of the coronavirus has increased,â Shrestha warned. “The increase in crowds and the violation of security measures could lead to another disaster in the coming days.”
If the data from the polymerase chain reaction tests of the last week (Tuesday to Monday) are valid, the positivity rate of the daily tests has increased from less than 3% to more than 3%.
The daily test positivity rate from Tuesday to Thursday was below 3% and from Friday to Monday the daily test positivity rate crossed 3% and hit 3.9%.
On Monday, the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 was 341.
Public health experts suspect that the increase in the positivity rate of daily tests and the increase in the number of people infected in recent days could be an indication of a further increase in coronavirus cases. They warned that a new wave, smaller than the previous two waves, triggered by the existing Delta variant could hit the country in winter. The logic behind the warnings was a drop in the level of immunity among the high-risk population after a few months, which developed either through natural infection or through vaccination.
âAfter the emergence of Omicron, it is almost certain that such waves will arrive sooner and be bigger than the Delta variant,â writes Dr. Anup Subedee, an infectious disease expert on Twitter. âWe have to be careful about the risks. “
Lately, crowds have increased everywhere. People have stopped following Covid security measures. The authorities concerned also seem indifferent to the risks of the existing variant of the virus and the new variant, which has wreaked havoc in several countries, notably in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Schools and colleges have resumed in-person classes, a wedding season is underway, and political rallies and rallies have increased due to national conventions of major political parties. And what’s worrying, doctors say, is that people have even stopped wearing face masks.
âNot much is still known about the new variant, but we must not forget the risk of the existing Delta variant, which is circulating in our communities,â said Dr Umesh Bogati, Covid-19 focal person at the Bir hospital. “We expect another push in the coming days and have started preparations accordingly.”
The hospital administration said about two to three patients with severe conditions visited the hospital each day. A few days ago, six Covid patients were admitted to the hospital.
âInitially, we feared that the infected people would come from the UML national convention in Chitwan, where thousands of people had gathered, but they were not,â Bogati said. “If the infection had spread from such events, it could take a catastrophic turn.”
Sukraraj Hospital for Tropical and Infectious Diseases also said there had not been a significant increase in the number of new cases in recent times.
“About three to four Covid patients are admitted to our hospital daily,” said Dr Manisha Rawal, director of the hospital. âBut that doesn’t mean the risk has decreased. The risk has increased dramatically due to the emergence of new variants and our tendency to violate public health measures. “
Doctors urged the authorities concerned to strictly enforce Covid security measures and to increase the rate of vaccination.
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been reported to be spreading rapidly in several countries where it has been discovered. Even if this only causes mild illness – and this is far from certain – it could still mean that many people end up in hospital and die, CNN said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Population said the infection rate had not increased significantly despite an increase in the number of new cases.
âThe increase in the number of infected people is due to an increase in testing,â said Dr Krishna Prasad Paudel. âThe risk of spreading both existing and new variants has definitely increased, but the infection rate has not increased much. “
Paudel admits new cases could increase due to ongoing political rallies, social functions and neglect of public health measures.
As of Tuesday, 264 people tested positive in 9,392 polymerase chain reaction tests and 35 others in 4,317 antigen tests. In the past 24 hours, two people have succumbed to the coronavirus infection. The number of deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic has reached 11,559. Active cases stand at 5,689.
So far, 9,365,915 people (30.8% of the total population) have been fully immunized.