Coronavirus — 255 New Cases in Nepal

  • The highest number of 740 people was confirmed infected on July 4.
  • In the last 24 hours, 4,696 tests were performed using PCR, the ministry said.
  • The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-UML) is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 255 more people in Nepal in the last 24 hours. With this increase, the total number of confirmed infections across the country has reached 16,423, as of Wednesday afternoon.

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 16,423 cases have been confirmed as of 8 July 2020, affecting all seven provinces and 77 administrative districts. 7,752 of them have recovered, while 35 have died.

Of those, 7,752 have recovered, and 35 have died, according to ministry figures. Ministry spokesman Dr. Jageshwar Gautam said that 253 people have gone home free of the virus in the last 24 hours. At present, there are 8,636 people in isolation across the country. They are actively infected.

The highest number of 740 people was confirmed infected on July 4. The ministry said Monday that at least 180 people had been infected in the past five weeks. The infected people, confirmed on Wednesday, are from different districts, including Kathmandu Valley.

What are the Other Facts?

In the last 24 hours, 4,696 tests were performed using PCR, the ministry said. At the same time, the number of PCR tests so far has reached 266,457. At present, there are 25,040 quarantine personnel in the country.

Although the coronavirus has reached all 77 districts of the country, the ministry said on Tuesday that the number of people infected with the virus in Tehrathum, Bhojpur, Solukhumbu and Humla districts is zero.

However, the number of infected people in Mahottari, Rautahat, Palpa, Achham, Kailali, and Bajura is more than 500. So far, the highest number of people have been infected with coronavirus in Provinces No. 2, 5, and Karnali. The infection has increased significantly in the far western states. The ministry’s figures show that the number of people actively infected is higher than elsewhere.

Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, more commonly known as KP Sharma Oli, is a Nepalese politician and the current Prime Minister of Nepal. Oli previously served as prime minister from 11 October 2015 to 3 August 2016 and was the first elected prime minister under the newly adopted Constitution of Nepal.

In other news, the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-UML) is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. However, there have been demonstrations in various districts in support of him.

In the midst of a coronavirus epidemic, such demonstrations are taking place at a time when physicians are repeatedly reminding people to keep their distance from each other and to wear masks.

Looking at the demonstrations so far, it is seen that even though the participants are wearing masks, there is no distance between them. A demonstration in support of the Prime Minister was held at Maitighar Mandala, in Kathmandu, last Thursday. The next day, youths staged a demonstration in Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is the constituency of Mahesh Basnet, a young CPN (Maoist) leader who is considered a confidant of Prime Minister Oli. Demonstrations in support of Prime Minister Oli have also taken place in Parsa and Rautahat districts of Province No. 2, which have been badly affected by the coronavirus infection.

The youths staged a protest in Birgunj of Parsa on Saturday and in Rautahat on Monday. In Lamki, Kailali, clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Oli on Tuesday. According to the local administration, neither party had sought permission for the event.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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