Coronavirus — Eight More Cases in Nepal

  • So far, people with COVID-19 have been found in six of the country's seven states.
  • A second PCR test also showed coronavirus in three previously-forgotten women, which was confirmed on Saturday.
  • Due to coronavirus infection, most hospitals have stopped providing non-emergency services.

Coronavirus infection was confirmed in seven people on Saturday. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Nepal has reached 110. On Sunday morning, the Ministry of Health and Population said that COVID-19 was found in another person. A statement issued by Dr. Sameer Kumar Adhikari, assistant spokesperson of country’s Health Ministry said:

“Tests undertaken at National Public Health Laboratory, Kathmandu and Koshi Hospital, Biratnagar have further confirmed 7 new cases. Of the newly infected patients, three are females from Bhulke of Udaypur, three males from Kapilvastu and one male from Chhapkaiya, Parsa.”

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The statement added that “according to the laboratory tests conducted at Koshi Hospital, Biratnagar, the number confirmed is one. She is a 43-year-old woman from Bhulke, Udaipur.” Her condition is normal and she is in touch with health workers, the ministry said.

So far, 35 people have been confirmed infected. This is the highest number in the country. As of Saturday afternoon, more than 4,592 people were in quarantine across the country and 143 people, including potentially infected, were being kept under medical supervision.

So far, people with COVID-19 have been found in six of the country’s seven states. The government has said that 30 people have been discharged from the hospital so far. However, three of those who recovered after re-examination were found to have coronavirus in their bodies, and were re-admitted to the hospital.

One among those affected is a woman resident of Bhulke in Udaipur. After collecting the sample swab again last Wednesday, and testing it at Koshi Hospital using the PCR method, she was found to be infected with the coronavirus. She will be brought to Biratnagar for treatment, officials said.

A second PCR test also showed coronavirus in three previously-forgotten women, which was confirmed on Saturday. At the same time, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Udaipur has reached 32, and 14 have recovered. At present, 20 infected people are undergoing treatment in Biratnagar.

Crowds in-hospital emergencies

The government hospital in Kathmandu has been providing emergency services from outpatient places as the pressure of patients has increased in the last few days. Due to coronavirus infection, most hospitals have stopped providing non-emergency services.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Doctors estimate that the pressure on the emergency services is increasing as the treatment of regular patients and the chronically ill is affected as the lockdown period is approaching six weeks. However, due to the risk of coronavirus, it is not possible to open an outpatient service immediately, said the director of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Private and public hospitals have been using emergency services only to prevent coronavirus infections. It is said that the patients who have to go for regular check-ups are facing problems due to the closure of outpatient services. The country’s oldest Veer Hospital has also stated that the patient pressure has been increasing in the last few days.

The Nepal Medical Council, on the other hand, has asked to start the emergency services by making safe arrangements. Council registrar Krishna Prasad Adhikari says, “there is no risk in running away from one’s profession or service. Therefore, the service should be fully operational by adopting safe arrangements.”

He estimates that the pressure of the patient will not increase as soon as the wood is loosened. “There is less pressure on the hospital as there are fewer patients outside the valley and a large number of people have already left Kathmandu,” he said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 109 people have been confirmed infected in Nepal as of Saturday morning. A few days ago, the government monitoring team found that small and private hospitals were almost closed due to a lack of doctors.
Larger hospitals have a “COVID room” for coronavirus symptoms, and separate services for patients with general conditions.

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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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