Nepal’s Covid-19 tally reaches 17,844 with 186 new casesHealth Ministry says 66.51 percent of the infected people have recovered and there are 5,936 active cases in the country.
Nepal on Monday reported 186 new cases of Covid-19, taking the national tally to 17,844.
“There were 4,216 real-time polymerase chain reaction tests carried out at 27 labs across the country of which 186 samples tested positive,” said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, during his daily press briefing.
Throat swabs of 46 individuals from Bara, 40 from Doti, 23 from Sarlahi, nine from Saptari, eight from Kaski, seven from Rukum (East), six each from Dang and Sunsari, four each from Parsa, Rolpa, Solukhumbu and Surkhet, three each from Jhapa and Salyan, two each from Banke, Dailekh, Dhanusha, Kathmandu and Tanahun and one each from Humla, Ilam, Kailali, Kalikot, Lalitpur, Lamjung, Morang, Siraha and Syangja tested positive.
The ministry said 11,868 Covid patients, or 66.51 percent of the total cases, have been discharged so far with 173 sent home in the past 24 hours.
As many as 319,872 PCR tests have been carried out in the country so far. Seven districts—Bhojpur, Panchthar, Sankhuwasabha, Dhankuta, Manang, Mustang and Humla—don’t have any active cases, Gautam said.
Nepal had reported 156 new cases on Sunday and 57 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. The country reported 40th Covid-19 related death and 101 new cases on Friday whereas 167 new cases were confirmed on Thursday and 39th Covid-19 related death and 116 new cases on Wednesday. There were 116 cases recorded on Tuesday.Track all Covid-19 cases in Nepal here.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of August 12, 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 20,522,191people with 745,927 deaths and 13,441,913 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 2,328,405 with 46,188 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 285,191 confirmed cases with 6,112 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 23,948 cases with 83 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.