Nepal’s Covid-19 tally reaches 17,344 after 167 new casesHealth Ministry says Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Manang, Mustang and Humla don’t have any active cases.
Nepal on Thursday reported 167 new Covid-19 cases to take the national tally to 17,344.
“Samples of 27 individuals from Dhanusha, 17 from Nawalparasi (East), 15 from Okhaldhunga, 14 each from Kailali and Kanchanpur, 12 from Rautahat, eight each from Banke and Dadeldhura, six each from Dailekh and Ilam, four each from Achham, Jhapa and Sunsari, three each from Makwanpur, Morang and Surkhet, two each from Baglung, Jajarkot, Parsa and Salyan and one each frm Bajhang, Bara, Bardiya, Dang, Kathmandu, Mugu, Pyuthan, Rukum (West), Rupandehi, Syangja and Udaypur tested positive,” said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the Health Ministry during a regular press briefing on Thursday.
Gautam said 213 people were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total recovered cases to 11,249. “Currently there are 6,056 active cases in the country,” he said.
According to the ministry, five districts—Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Manang, Mustang and Humla—don’t have any active cases.
The ministry had confirmed Nepal’s 39th Covid related death and 116 new cases on Wednesday. There were 116 cases reported on Tuesday, 144 new cases on Monday and 82 new infections on Sunday. Three Covid-19 related deaths and 70 new cases were recorded on Saturday. Friday saw 118 new cases.
The ministry said 4,981 PCR tests were carried out across the country in the last 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests performed so far has reached 303,810.Track all Covid-19 cases in Nepal here.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of September 22, 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 has spread to 213 countries and territories around the world and infected more than 31,405,983 people with 967,505 deaths and 22,990,260 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 5,557,573 with 88,943 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 306,304 confirmed cases with 6,420 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 65,276 cases with 427 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.