With 426 new Covid-19 cases, Nepal’s tally reaches 8,274According to the Health Ministry, the virus has spread to 74 districts.
Nepal on Friday reported 426 new Covid-19 cases, taking the national tally to 8,274.
“Samples of 94 individuals from Gulmi, 68 from Baitadi, 49 from Kailali, 32 from Baglung, 21 from Sindhupalchok, 20 from Kanchanpur, 19 from Tanahun, 15 from Doti, and 11 each from Sarlahi and Gorkha tested positive for the virus,” Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam said during a regular press briefing.
Tests conducted on the samples of nine individuals from Dadeldhura, eight each from Achham, Bajura, Makwanpur and Kaski; six from Argakhanchi, five from Parbat, four each from Saptari, Nawalparasi (East) and Kapilvastu; three each from Morang, Bajhang, Kathmandu and Syangja; two each from Udayapur and Rupandehi; and one each from Jhapa, Dhading, Myagdi, Sindhuli, Chitwan and Nawalparasi (West), also came positive for Covid-19, said Gautam.
Nepal reported a record 671 Covid-19 cases, the highest single day number; and two deaths on Friday. On Wednesday, 586 cases were confirmed while 380 positive cases were recorded on Tuesday. As many as 451 samples tested positive for the virus on Monday. Nepal’s 19th death and 425 news cases were confirmed on Sunday. On Saturday, the country reported two Covid-19 deaths and 273 new cases.
According to the ministry, the virus has spread to 74 districts. Mustang, Okhaldhunga and Rasuwa have not reported any cases so far.
Rautahat has so far reported 1,105 cases, the highest for a district, followed by Dailekh with 725 cases while Kapilvastu has reported 680 cases.
Besides, 553 cases have been reported in Sarlahi; Mahottari has recorded 500, Banke has recorded 329 and Surkhet has recorded 298 cases.
“So far, 161,749 polymerase chain reaction tests and 247,874 rapid diagnostic tests have been carried out across the country,” said Gautam.
According to Gautam, 1,402 people have been discharged from various hospitals after recovering.
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Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of July 4, 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 11,190,680 people with 529,113 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 649,889 with 18,669 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 221,896 confirmed cases with 4,551 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 15,419 cases with 34 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.