Coronavirus — 378 More Cases in Nepal

  • So far, the official death toll from COVID-19-related infections has risen to 73, according to ministry figures.
  • The ministry said 65 infected people, including two on ventilators, were in the intensive care unit.
  • The ban issued until Saturday has been extended for three more days.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 378 more people in different districts of Nepal, and three people have died. With this increase, the total number of people confirmed to be COVID-19 positive has reached 22,592.

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. As of 8 August 2020, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has confirmed a total of 22,592 cases, 16,313 recoveries, and 73 deaths in the country.

So far, the official death toll from COVID-19-related infections has risen to 73, according to ministry figures. Ministry spokesperson Dr. Jageshwor Gautam said 6,206 people are currently infected, and 16,313 have become virus-free. On Thursday and Friday, the ministry confirmed the deaths of five people each.

Deaths from COVID-19

The confirmed deaths are from Parsa, Morang, and Kathmandu. Among them are a woman and two men.

According to the ministry, a 74-year-old man from Birgunj was admitted to Coronavirus Hospital in Gandak on July 8. He had diabetes and asthma. A post-mortem examination confirmed that he had COVID-19, according to Dr. Gautam.

A 58-year-old man from Biratnagar was admitted to Saptakoshi Hospital with pneumonia, fever, and respiratory problems. He was rushed to Koshi Hospital after his condition deteriorated. Post-mortem examination of the collected specimens during treatment in isolation confirmed COVID-19, Dr. Gautam reported.

A 41-year-old woman from Tokhaki succumbed to cancer and pneumonia in the ICU of Patan Hospital. She was confirmed as positive on July 18.

“She was receiving intensive care after testing positive for Covid-19 on Sunday,” said Dr. Gautam. “She had cervical cancer and was suffering from pneumonia.”

Who is Infected?

The ministry said 65 infected people, including two on ventilators, were in the intensive care unit. At present, 32 people in Bagmati, seven in Province No. 2, and five in Province No. 5 are in need of intensive care.

Infected From Different Districts

According to the ministry, coronavirus has been confirmed in 62 people in three districts of Kathmandu Valley. Of them, 56 are from Kathmandu, and three each from Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Similarly, 55 cases have been confirmed in Parsa, 49 in Banke, 48 in Morang, and 36 in Sarlahi.

At present, 2,929 people in Province No. 2 and 1,029 people in Bagmati are actively infected. According to the ministry, the number of actively infected people in Parsa, Rautahat, Mahottari, and Kathmandu is more than 500.

Other Facts

In the last 24 hours, samples collected from 7,788 people were tested using the PCR method, according to the ministry. During that period, 499 people were declared free of the disease. At present, there is 10,792 quarantine personnel in the country. At present, Gandaki and Province No. 1 has the highest number of quarantine personnel.

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.

Coronavirus Confirmed in 20 More People in Banke

Coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 20 people in the Banke district on Saturday. According to Bheri Hospital Banke, 16 people have contracted coronavirus in Nepalgunj and four in Kohalpur.

According to Naresh Shrestha, Focal Person of COVID-19, Health Office, Banke, the infection was confirmed in 2 out of 22 people in Bardiya. The district administration office in Banke had issued the ban for the third time in the district after the coronavirus infection started increasing.

Meanwhile, the ban issued until Saturday has been extended for three more days, saying that coronavirus infection is increasing at the community level. The administration office has decided to ban all vehicles except security, ambulances, hearses, fire engines, operation of shops and business from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Tuesday.

In Banke, the coronavirus was confirmed in 49 people only on Friday.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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