High levels of vigilance have been implemented along the border of the Rupendehi district in order to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 ‘Omicron’ variant. According to Assistant Chief District Officer Bishwaraj Marasini, the decision was reached during a meeting of the District COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee (DCCMC), which was presided over by Chief District Officer Rishi Ram Tiwari.
He also stated that a letter had been written to the concerned municipality, urging them to maintain high vigilance at various checkpoints, particularly at the Belahiya checkpoint, which receives the greatest amount of foot traffic. “In addition to monitoring foreign nationals, emphasis has been placed on tightening investigations and increasing public awareness,” he explained.
Belahiya is the point of entry for tourists from Nepal, India, Australia, the Netherlands, China, and other countries into Nepal. Health Office Director Rajendra Giri stated that the use of masks and sanitizers in border areas has been strictly enforced, and that instructions have been issued to monitor whether the vaccine has been completed or not, as well as to conduct a “rapid antigen test” if it is suspected that an outbreak is taking place.
It has been prioritized to restore normal public life while also targeting foreign tourists, according to him, who also stated that two doses of vaccine have been administered to those over the age of 18 in Butwal sub-metropolitan municipality, Tilottama and Devdaha municipalities, and the Omastiya and Rohini villages, among other places.
He stated that two doses of vaccine would be administered in 11 additional municipalities throughout the district beginning today. The treatment of citizens who are found in the border area will be coordinated with the State Public Health Laboratory and the National Laboratory if they test positive for the antigen found there.
The World Health Organization has identified Omicron as a variant that should be taken into consideration (WHO). So far, 558 deaths have been reported from Kovid-19 in the district, according to the district’s coroner’s office.