Nine new Covid-19 cases take Nepal's tally to 267Health Ministry confirmed new cases in Parsa, Dang, Udayapur and Kathmandu.
Nepal’s Covid-19 tally has reached 267, after nine new cases were confirmed on Friday, in addition to nine more identified earlier in the day.
“Tests conducted at the National Public Health Laboratory in Kathmandu, Bheri Hospital in Nepalgunj, and BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan came back positive,” the Health Ministry said in a statement. “Four individuals, two men aged nine and ten, and two women aged 23 and 47, from Birgunj, Parsa; a 25-year-old man from Triyuga Municipality in Udayapur; three men aged 23, 34 and 36 from Dang; and a seven-year-old man from Satungal, Kathmandu tested positive for the virus.”
Dang district has now recorded its first case of Covid-19.
The health condition of all patients is normal and they are in contact with health officials, the ministry said.
Earlier on Friday, nine other cases had been detected in two districts—a 37-year-old man from Makwanpur and eight men from Banke.
With the authorities expediting testing, more cases are being reported from across the country.
Parsa district has so far reported the highest number of cases, with 89 active cases of the coronavirus. The number of cases in Kapilvastu has now reached 39. Thirty-three cases each have been reported in Banke and Udayapur, along with 28 cases in Rupandehi.
Nine Covid-19 cases have been detected in Kathmandu.
Kailali and Dhanusha have reported four cases each, with three cases each from Dang, Rautahat and Bara. Mahottari, Baglung, Chitwan, Jhapa, Bhaktapur have reported two cases each.
Bhojpur, Saptari, Sarlahi, Bardiya, Kanchanpur, Nawalparasi (West), Nawalparasi (East), Dhading and Makwanpur have reported one Covid-19 case each.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of May 26, 2020
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19, short for coronavirus disease, is an illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, short for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Common symptoms of the disease include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
How contagious is Covid-19?
Covid-19 can spread easily from person to person, especially in enclosed spaces. The virus can travel through the air in respiratory droplets produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. As the virus can also survive on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours, any contact with such surfaces can also spread the virus. Symptoms take between two to 14 days to appear, during which time the carrier is believed to be contagious.
Where did the virus come from?
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December. The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that is responsible for everything from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). After an initial outbreak in Wuhan that spread across Hubei province, eventually infecting over 80,000 and killing more than 3,000, new infection rates in mainland China have dropped. However, the disease has since spread across the world at an alarming rate.
What is the current status of Covid-19?
The World Health Organisation has called the ongoing outbreak a “pandemic” and urged countries across the world to take precautionary measures. Covid-19 had spread to 210 countries and infected more than 5,589,712 people with 347,903 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 144,950 with 4,172 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 57,705 confirmed cases with 1,197 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 685 cases with four deaths.
How dangerous is the disease?
The mortality rate for Covid-19 is estimated to be 3.6 percent, but new studies have put the rate slightly higher at 5.7 percent. Although Covid-19 is not too dangerous to young healthy people, older individuals and those with immune-compromised systems are at greater risk of death. People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, or those who’ve recently undergone serious medical procedures, are also at risk.
How do I keep myself safe?
The WHO advises that the most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces like your computers and phones. Avoid large crowds of people. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist for longer than a few days.
Is it time to panic?
No. The government has imposed a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus. There is no need to begin stockpiling food, cooking gas or hand sanitizers. However, it is always prudent to take sensible precautions like the ones identified above.