Nepal's Covid-19 tally reaches 584 after the confirmation of 36 new casesTwenty-seven cases are from Banke alone, which now has reported a total of 142 infections.
Nepal’s Covid-19 tally has reached 584.
The Health Ministry of Saturday afternoon confirmed 36 new Covid-19 cases from five districts.
“Samples of 27 men from Banke aged 16 to 50, four men from Baitadi aged 20 to 27, two men and a woman from Surkhet, a 33-year-old man from Jhapa and a 19-year-old man from Bardiya tested positive for the coronavirus,” said Dr Bikas Devkota, spokesperson for the the Health Ministry, at a press briefing.
Earlier in the day, the ministry had confirmed 32 new cases.
The ministry had confirmed 59 new cases on Friday.
Out of the total cases, 505 are men and 79 are women. The country has reported three Covid-19 deaths so far.
According to the Health Ministry, the virus has now spread to 41 districts. The government has anticipated an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases throughout the country—1,000 within a week and around 2,000 in 10 days.
Banke has so far reported 142 cases, the highest in the country. The number of cases in Parsa is 91. Seventy-seven cases have been reported in Kapilvastu, 37 in Rupandehi, 36 in Jhapa, along with 33 in Udayapur.
“45,957 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests and 86,235 Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) have been carried out across the country till Saturday,” said Devkota. “Out of which, 3,494 PCR tests and 4,119 RDTs were performed in the last 24 hours.”
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Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of May 31, 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 213 countries and infected more than 6,047,908 people with 368,758 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 66,457 confirmed cases with 1,395 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 1401 cases with six 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.