Covid-19 tally reaches 17,994 after 150 new casesHealth Ministry says 609 individuals were discharged in the past 24 hours, reducing active cases to 5,477.
The Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 150 new Covid-19 cases, taking the national total to 17,994.
“Of the 3,963 real-time polymerase chain reaction tests carried out at 27 labs across the country, 150 came back positive,” said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, during his daily press briefing.
Throat swabs of 29 individuals from Dhanusha, 20 from Kanchanpur, 14 from Mahottari, 10 from Dailekh, eight each from Kathmandu and Udaypur, five each from Chitwan and Makwanpur, four each from Bajhang, Doti and Kailali, three each from Baglung, Banke, Dang, Gorkha, Morang, Myagdi, Sarlahi and Syangja, two each from Ilam, Jhapa, Parsa, Ramechhap and Salyan and one each from Kavrepalanchok, Lalitpur, Nawalparasi, Nuwakot and Saptari tested positive.
So far 12,477, or 69.34 percent of the total infected, individuals have recovered from the disease. Gautam said 609 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours.
As many as 328,835 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.
The country reported 186 new cases on Monday. There were 156 new cases recorded on Sunday and 57 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday. The country reported its 40th Covid-19 related death and 101 new cases on Friday whereas 167 new cases were confirmed on Thursday. Wednesday saw the country’s 39th Covid-19 related death and 116 new cases.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.