Nepal’s Public Health Experts Warn More Devastating Third-Wave

Nepal’s Public Health Experts Warn More Devastating Third-Wave

July 11, 2021, 7:42 a.m.

With around 25 percent existing infection rate, Nepal is more vulnerable to devastating third wave of coornavirus. After the easing of restrictions followed by rampant violations of health protocols by people, one can not rule out the possibility of jumping of numbers of cases within week.

According to the World Health Organization, an infection rate of more than 5 per cent is considered as high risk. There are statistics that the infection rate in Nepal is around 20 to 25 per cent more than the standards of the WHO.

Public health experts have warned that the infection could increase rapidly if health safety standards are not strictly followed after the relaxation of the prohibitory order.

They said that the new mutation in the Delta variant seen in Nepal is more contagious and the government needs to tighten health care standards when the second wave is not over yet.

Public health expert, Kedar Baral claimed that the infection would spread in a few weeks if the situation remained the same.

"The COVID-19 infection rate has gradually weakened since the prohibitory order was first issued, but now after the prohibitory order relaxation the increase in corona infection rates have confirmed that the corona infection is still prevalent in society," he said.

Public Health Specialist and Director of Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) Teku Dr Anup Bastola also said that the rate of infection has been increasing in recent days and due to non-compliance with health safety standards, corona infection may increase in the coming days.

He said that the number of patients in the ICU of the hospital is increasing.

Based on the reporting of The Rising Nepal

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