Despite a spike in cases, authorities reducing tests and contact tracing in Kathmandu Valley

Although the Ministry of Health and Population has not officially admitted to the community transmission of COVID-19, it has reduced the number of tests and contact tracing, which is generally done after the community transmission of the infection

Sep 28, 2020
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Although the Ministry of Health and Population has not officially admitted to the community transmission of COVID-19, it has reduced the number of tests and contact tracing, which is generally done after the community transmission of the infection.

“It seems that the authorities have been following the World Health Organization’s protocol, which says that testing and contact tracing will be ineffective after the infection reaches communities,”Dr Kiran Pandey, consultant physician at Hams Hospital, told the Post. “Even if the cases have reached the communities, we should not lessen tests and stop working for contact tracing. It is only the way to contain the infection.”

The UN health agency said that community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive cases through sentinel samples (routine systematic testing of respiratory samples from established laboratories.)

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