Coronavirus — Nepal Sees Highest Case Increase Yet

  • 10 deaths have been confirmed in Nepal so far.
  • At present, COVID-19 has reached a total of 65 districts in all the states of the country.
  • Consultations are underway to resume education in Nepal, in person or virtually.

Coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 334 more people in Nepal. At the same time, the total number of infections across the country has reached 2,634 so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Population. An additional 290 have been cured. This is the highest daily increase yet.

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 June 3, there are 2,300 cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths in Nepal.

Another person died due to COVID-19, Ministry spokesperson Dr. Vikas Devkota has stated. The deceased is a man from Palpa who has returned from India. After returning from India, he was admitted to the Mission Hospital in Palpa after his health deteriorated. He died on June 20, and a coronavirus infection was found in the sample.

At the same time, 10 deaths have been confirmed in Nepal so far. According to the ministry, 3,867 samples were tested using PCR in the last 24 hours. The number had risen to 2,300 after the infection was confirmed in 201 people within 24 hours on Wednesday. There are now more than 161,000 people in quarantine nationwide, and 58,241 are in Karnali Pradesh, the ministry said.

New Infections in Nepal

In 10 days, the number of confirmed infections has increased. At present, COVID-19 has reached a total of 65 districts in all the states of the country. The ministry said the number of infected people had increased due to the intensification of testing of people in quarantine. Most people who have been confirmed infected have been in quarantine.

Who is Infected?

The ministry confirmed on Thursday that the infected were from different districts. Some of them are children, but most are men and young people. Of the 106 people confirmed infected at the Karnali Institute of Health Sciences Teaching Hospital in Jumla, 105 are from Dailekh district and one from Mugu. Similarly, tests conducted in Surkhet have confirmed Coronavirus in eight other people from Dailekh.

Government to Consult with Experts on Opening Schools

Karnali Pradesh is one of the seven federal provinces of Nepal formed by the new constitution which was adopted on 20 September 2015. It is the largest and least-populous province in Nepal.

Experts and stakeholders in the education sector consulted with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) High-Level Committee on Thursday to facilitate the operation of the school and the education of the students during the lockdown. The stakeholders have suggested the committee find alternatives, including conducting online classes (virtual classes).

The discussion was held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singha Durbar. Depending on the level of risk, it was suggested to start reading as soon as possible, and to look for alternatives to conduct classes online and via television in places where it is not possible.

Ramesh Silwal, president of the Higher Secondary Schools Association (HISAN), said that the new inventions made by Nepali scientists in relation to obstructed reading operations, examinations, enrollment, and virtual classes should be verified, and the data from research should be considered as an asset.

Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Narayan Prasad Bidari, said that the high-level committee has taken suggestions from experts and stakeholders in the field on virtual classes and the physical presence of students.

He informed that the suggestions received regarding the arrangement of reading through online, television, mobile, as well as psychological propaganda and arranging reading with physical presence would be taken to the cabinet meeting as a draft.

The high-level committee has been holding discussions with experts and stakeholders in various fields for the past few days. The committee has already held discussions with economists, health workers, industrialists, representatives of various organizations, and others.

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