- As of Tuesday, Nepal's total number of infections is higher than in South Asian countries Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.
- A total of 61 infected people have been found in all seven states.
- The Ministry of Health and Population says that the number of people identified as infected has increased due to extensive testing in the past few weeks.
Another 288 people were confirmed to be infected with coronavirus in Nepal on Tuesday. According to Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson Dr. Vikas Devkota, the total number of infected people in Nepal has reached 2,099. Among those confirmed infected on Tuesday are four health workers working in Kathmandu. Eight of the infected have died.
Infection in South Asia
As of Tuesday, Nepal’s total number of infections is higher than in South Asian countries Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. A total of 47 cases have been confirmed in Bhutan, 1,643 in Sri Lanka, and 1,829 in the Maldives. More than 199,000 people have been infected in India, 76,398 in Pakistan, 49,534 in Bangladesh, and 16,492 in Afghanistan.
A total of 61 infected people have been found in all seven states. At present, COVID-19 has been confirmed in 10 more people in Gandaki. Tests at the Gandaki Provincial Laboratory confirmed the virus in five people in Syangja and five in Parbat.
In the last 24 hours, coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 120 people in Province No. 2, according to the Ministry of Social Development. A total of 74 cases have been confirmed in Rautahat, 21 in Sarlahi, 17 in Siraha, four in Dhanusha, two in Mahottari, one in Saptari district, and one in Bara district.
Similarly, according to the Ministry of Social Development of Karnali, in the last 24 hours, it has been confirmed that there were Coronavirus cases in 64 people. Of them, 27 are in Surkhet, nine in Dailekh, 18 in Salyan, and 10 in Achham. The infected are mostly young men and women of different age groups.
Coronavirus Infection in Nepal
According to the ministry, another 45 people have been discharged from the hospital free of coronavirus. With this, the number of those who have recovered has reached 266.
According to the ministry, 3,440 tests were performed using PCR in the last 24 hours. At present, 145,375 people are being quarantined across the country. Most of them are returnees from India.
What is Needed to Speed Up PCR Testing in Nepal?
The Ministry of Health and Population says that the number of people identified as infected has increased due to extensive testing in the past few weeks. Today, more than a million people are being quarantined in various districts of the country.
However, with thousands of people in quarantine and potentially infected samples, the limited capacity has made it difficult for laboratories with limited capacity to conduct timely PCR tests and give results.
There are 20 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country. At present, it is said that it has the capacity to test at least 5,000 samples daily, but that is not happening. Officials at the lab said they needed to focus on manpower as well as fully automated PCR equipment when samples could not be tested.
The PCR devices currently in operation are semi-automatic, and most of the time people have to work directly, so it takes a long time to test. As the number of coronavirus infections has increased, the government has increased the number of testing laboratories to 20.
The National Public Health Laboratory at Teku has been tasked with testing samples at the rate of 1,000 per day and 19 others at the rate of 200 per day. However, the ministry’s figures show that in some laboratories, not a single test was ever carried out, and in others, less than 100 samples were tested.