Nepal reports one more Covid-19 death and 311 new casesA 65-year-old man from Bajhang is the latest casualty of the disease, according to the Health Ministry.
Nepal on Tuesday reported one more Covid-19 related death, taking the toll to 49. There were 311 new coronavirus cases confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours.
The Health Ministry said that a 65-year-old male of Bungal Rural Municipality-3 in Bajhang district died from Covid-19 on July 24.
"The deceased was suffering from asthma and had arrived in the district on July 8 from Bangalore, India," said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, during the ministry's regular press briefing on Tuesday.
The ministry also confirmed 311 new cases in the past 24 hours to take the country's Covid-19 tally to 19,063.
Samples of 58 individuals from Doti, 48 from Kathmandu, 34 from Kapilvastu, 18 each from Kailai and Syangja, 17 from Morang, 16 from Achham, 15 from Saptari, 14 from Parsa, nine from Dhanusha, eight from Mahottari, six each from Dang and Nawalparasi (East), five from Bara, four each from Lalitpur and Sindhupalchok, three each from Bajhang, Banke, Jhapa and Surkhet, two each from Kaski, Lamjung and Rupandehi and one each from Bhaktapur, Dailekh, Darchula, Gorkha, Ilam, Kanchanpur, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi (West), Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Rautahat and Sarlahi tested positive during tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
The ministry had confirmed three deaths and 139 cases on Monday and 130 new cases on Sunday. On Saturday, Nepal reported one Covid-19 related death and 109 new cases while 133 new cases were detected on Friday. There were 147 new cases on Thursday and 100 fresh infections on Wednesday.
So far, 13,875 individuals have made successful recoveries after being infected with the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19. Dr Gautam said 121 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours.
As many as 352,307 PCR tests have been performed in the country so far. Five districts—Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Rasuwa, Manang and Mustang—don’t have any active cases, Gautam said.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.