Coronavirus — 380 New Cases, 2 Deaths in Nepal

  • Among those confirmed infected on Sunday, 90 were from Kathmandu and 73 from Parsa.
  • There are 105 infected people in Lalitpur and 53 in Bhaktapur.
  • In the last 24 hours, samples collected from 8,515 people have been tested using the PCR method.

In the last 24 hours, two more people have died of coronavirus infection in Nepal, and 380 have fallen ill, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Sunday. With this increase, the number of deaths from COVID-19 has reached 75 and the number of infected people has reached 22,972.

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 9 August 2020, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has confirmed a total of 22,972 cases, 16,353 recoveries, and 75 deaths in the country.

According to ministry Spokesperson, Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, at least 6,544 people are currently infected, and 16,353 have become virus-free. The ministry confirmed that three people had died on Saturday and five each on Thursday and Friday.

Of those confirmed infected on Sunday, 90 were from Kathmandu and 73 from Parsa. Similarly, 37 people from Dhanusha and 28 people from Morang have been infected.

The most active infected are in Parsa. There are 903 people being treated on Sunday. After that, 790 people from Kathmandu, 745 people from Rautahat, and 579 people from Mahottari are undergoing treatment.

The number of actively infected people in Kathmandu Valley is 948. There are 105 infected people in Lalitpur and 53 in Bhaktapur. Similarly, Khotang, Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Manang, Mustang, Dolpa, and Humla are among the districts where the number of actively infected people is zero.

The Deceased

“A 62-year-old man from Pokhara Metropolitan City in Kaski district, who was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at Pokhara Institute of Health Sciences after testing positive for the coronavirus on August 1, died on August 8,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam, during a regular press briefing.

He is said to be a diabetic, and was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit after the confirmation of COVID-19 on July 30.

Similarly, a 20-year-old woman of two has died on Saturday. She was pronounced dead at Narayani Temporary Corona Special Hospital, Gandak. A post-mortem examination confirmed that she had a coronavirus infection.

Other Facts

In the last 24 hours, samples collected from 8,515 people have been tested using the PCR method, according to the ministry. During that period, 40 people were declared free of the disease. At present, there are 11,038 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.

A six-month-old baby infected in Jumla. Six more people, including a child, have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus in Jumla, according to the Karnali Institute of Health Sciences. At the same time, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Jumla has reached 82.

The infection was confirmed in a PCR test performed at the institute’s laboratory. According to the District Administration Office, Jumla, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Jumla’s Tila Gaunpalika Ward No. 5 and Jumla’s headquarters Khalanga has been increasing from 3 PM on Sunday until further notice.

According to Chief District Officer Bhupendra Thapa, all services except drug stores and emergency health services have been completely shut down.

A ban has been issued at seven local levels in Nuwakot after coronavirus was found to be infected at the community level.
Chief District Officer Jhank Nath Dhakal informed people that a ban has been issued for 10 days after the coronavirus infection started spreading in Nuwakot within a few days of the lockdown.

The administration has urged people not to go out of the house except for medical treatment, purchase of food items, and doing agricultural work on their own farms.

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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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