The government has decided to convert all the government hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley into COVID-19 hospitals. According to Dr Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the government has made this decision in view of lack of isolation centers in the Valley for COVID-19 patients amid the growing rate of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The health ministry has also directed all the hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley to conduct surgery only in the case of emergency. “This will help in managing more isolation and ICU beds for COVID-19 patients,” said Dr Gautam.
With 2,283 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the Kathmandu Valley’s COVID-19 tally has reached 43,869. Of the 4,047 new cases recorded across the country, 2,283 were detected in the Valley alone. This figure accounts for 56.41 percent of the total cases. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), 1,888 new cases in Kathmandu, 118 in Bhaktapur and 277 in Lalitpur districts were recorded on Monday. Likewise, in the past 24 hours, four more people succumbed to COVID-19 in the Valley. So far, 201 people have died of COVID-19 in the Valley.
Nepal recorded additional 153,162 individuals in the unemployment list in the past one week. Job losses have impacted people from all walks of life across the country. According to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, the additional number of unemployed people was recorded on the basis of the applications registered by the Ministry from October 1 to 8. The number includes those who lost their job both at home and those returning home after losing jobs abroad. As per the government records, the pandemic has left 416,491 individuals jobless in Nepal as of September end. With the new number, the total number of job losses has reached 569,653.