Kathmandu. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 1,176 people have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
There were 419 corona infections in Kathmandu, 99 in Lalitpur, and 25 in Bhaktapur. The infection rate has reached 9.5 percent.
As of this day, 6,755 people have been actively infected across the country. Even in hospitals, the number of corona infections has increased and the admission rate is on the rise. As the situation deteriorated, a meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination Center (CCMC) was held on the previous day.
The meeting has made various decisions with the aim of preventing the transmission of the corona. According to Sunita Nepal, joint secretary and spokesperson of the center, the meeting has made 13 different decisions.
Promptness in medicines and pharmaceutical products
The CCMC has recommended to the Ministry of Health and Population to make the prevention, control, and treatment of Covid-19 more effective.
It has been recommended to the Ministry of Health to make the treatment more effective and to increase public awareness, purchase, and supply of medicines and pharmaceutical products through expeditious means.
Only 25 people can gather in public places
The CCMC meeting has recommended to the Home Ministry to make necessary arrangements so that no more than 25 people can gather in public places.
It has been decided to send a letter to all the local administrations through the Ministry of Home Affairs not to organize fairs, gatherings, and festivals with more than 25 people in public places until further notice.
To enter public places such as offices, hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, stadiums, airplanes, parks, etc., it is mandatory to carry an anti-corona vaccination card and to make arrangements for entry only by looking at the vaccination card with effect from January 21.
Necessary arrangements will be made by the Ministry of Health to make the work of antigen testing more effective at the point of entry in the border areas to ensure that those found positive from such tests are immediately placed in institutional isolation.
Similarly, free antigen test booths will be set up in public places and vaccinations will be promoted at regular vaccination centers. The pre-scheduled semester annual examinations of universities and educational institutes are to be conducted in a Z-shaped manner in compliance with public health standards, and the use of masks and sanitizers in examination centers has been made mandatory.
Vaccination card for air passengers
The CCMC meeting is going to make it mandatory to carry vaccine cards on domestic flights. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has decided to adjust the flight schedule to reduce the congestion at domestic and international airports.
An arrangement should be made to provide boarding pass only to the passengers who have vaccination cards on domestic flights after January 21. Passengers with PCR negative within 72 hours of being fully vaccinated and boarding pass will be issued boarding pass by the concerned airline for entry into Nepal from abroad.
The quarantine and isolation system will be applicable only to Nepali citizens, diplomats, and travelers who have come to Nepal from nine countries including South Africa who have been identified as transitioning to the new Omicron variant of Corona for the first time.
The Department of Immigration should coordinate with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs when issuing travel advisory information. The arrangement has been made to implement such notice only after the fixed date, time, and period.
The concerned Chief District Officer will be directed through the Ministry of Home Affairs to make the implementation of Smart Lockdown Procedure, 2078 and Integrated COVID-19 Prevention, Control, and Treatment Action Plan, 2078 more effective for risk control by looking at the local situation of COVID-19 infection.
Similarly, the meeting has decided that the Ministry of Health will take the additional initiative to provide positive information at the citizen level through various people in the health sector on the impact and attention of variants including Omicron.
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