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Public health experts warn of further risk of COVID-19

Dr Pande argued the government had to vaccinate more and more people than the present vaccination record. In the upcoming wave of coronavirus, those left in the vaccination drive would face more threats


Nepalnews
2021 Jul 08, 20:26, Kathmandu
Traffic police on duty Photo: Prasan Gurung/NepalNews

At a time when the administration has eased the lockdown to continue human and economic activities for some days, public health experts have warned of increasing risk in the absence of strict implementation of safety protocol.

Public health expert Dr Rabindra Pande said the prohibitory order was relaxed not because the risk of COVID-19 fizzled out. “The coronavirus infection rate was still at 25 to 30 per cent. Test for the virus was not increased by the government nor shown interest by the public,” he reminded, adding there is the possibility of a third wave of Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Dr Pande however said there is no possibility of the new variant of coronavirus at present. He observed that there could be more cases of infection outside the Kathmandu Valley, but no tests are being conducted there. Even the people have ditched the proper use of masks. It can be seen at different shops.

The country is waiting for the adequate import of vaccines against COVID-19. So far, 2.6 million people have been vaccinated the first dose, while less than a million got second dose of the anti-COVID vaccines.

Dr Pande argued the government had to vaccinate more and more people than the present vaccination record. In the upcoming wave of coronavirus, those left in the vaccination drive would face more threats, he analysed.

He wondered why people were not aware of the disease despite such dreadful effects. “We need to change our thoughts,” Pande said, informing that the Delta variant has spread in many countries- nearly a 100. They have continued lockdown to contain it. The research on the possibility of Delta Plus is also on. So, both weaker or stronger variants may emerge,” Dr Pande added.

According to Pande, it is time for Nepal to review seriously the lapses we made in some steps to contain the deadly virus in both the first and second waves. He expressed worry why the offices as of transport, land revenue, tax were gathering such crowds. 

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