Coronavirus — 210 More Infected in Nepal

  • According to the ministry, a total of 5,360 people are currently actively infected.
  • In the past 24 hours, 6,037 tests were performed using the PCR method.
  • Eighty-one passengers were stranded in Bangalore, South India.

Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population reported 210 new coronavirus infections identified in the country. The total number of confirmed infections reached 19,273 by Wednesday, with 49 deaths, according to official record. Those infected have increased along side the number of those recovering.

In the last 24 hours, 146 people have recovered, with a total of 14,021 people recovered over all. According to the ministry, a total of 5,360 people are currently actively infected.

Kathmandu Valley infections total 489

The first case of COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed in Nepal on 23 January 2020 when a 31-year-old student, who had returned to Kathmandu from Wuhan on 9 January, tested positive for the disease. A total of 19,273 cases have been confirmed as of 29 July 2020, affecting all seven provinces and 77 administrative districts. 14,021 of them have recovered, while 49 have died.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Kathmandu Valley has reached 489 to date. On Tuesday, there were 53 infections reported in Kathmandu, and 15 were found infected in three districts of the Kathmandu Valley on Wednesday. Among those infected are 349 in Kathmandu, 89 in Lalitpur, and 51 in Bhaktapur.

The Ministry of Health and Population said 163 people have been cleared of infections Wednesday afternoon. At present, 321 people are actively infected in the three districts of the Kathmandu Valley. Among them are security guards. The number of people reported infected has been increasing in recent days as the government has increased testing in the Kathmandu Valley.

Birgunj adds 34 More with the Coronavirus

In Birgunj, Parsa, coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 34 more people. These include army, police, prison staff, and inmates said Chief Medical Superintendent of Narayani Hospital. The newly confirmed infected included five children, including a two-year-old child, and 10 women. Some people have voluntarily take the PCR test, and have also showed coronavirus infection.

Some questions have arisen about the management of the temporary special hospital. The 50 bed capacity hospital in Gandak has a number of infected people which has increased recently. Meanwhile, rural Parsa health posts are closed after six health workers were infected in the municipality.

More Tests are Performed

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a method widely used to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample, allowing scientists to take a very small sample of DNA and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail. Viral DNA can be detected by PCR, for example, a variant of PCR (RT-PCR) is used for detecting Sars-Cov-2 viral genome.

In the past 24 hours, 6,037 tests were performed using the PCR method. The total number of PCR tests is 358,344. There are now more than 14,000 quarantined people across the country. The Far West and Gandaki have the highest number.

Charter Flight from India Not Fully Utilized

Eighty-one passengers were stranded in Bangalore, South India. They returned home from a charter flight of the Nepal Airlines (NAC). This is the first charter flight for Nepalis stranded in India after regular international flights were suspended.  They have been stranded since the second week of April.

The NAC’s aircraft arrived from Bangalore to Kathmandu at around 4 pm local time with 81 Nepalis. The flight stopped over in Bangalore to pick up additional Nepali students. All the passengers have borne the ticket cost themselves. The fare for the three-hour flight from Bangalore to Kathmandu was 40,960 Rupees. According to the corporation, out of 81 passengers, two were in business class and the remaining 79 were in economy class.

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