With 315 new cases, Nepal’s Covid-19 tally crosses 20,000 markHealth Ministry says 93 individuals were discharged after full recovery in the past 24 hours.
Nepal on Saturday reported 315 new coronavirus cases to take the national tally to 20,086.
“Of the 6,993 swab samples tested across the country in the past 24 hours, 315 came back positive for the coronavirus,” said Dr Jageswar Gautam, the Health Ministry spokesperson, during a press briefing.
Samples of 89 people from Kailali, 68 from Bajhang, 66 from Parsa, 28 from Achham, 22 from Ilam, nine from Kanchanpur, seven from Saptari, five each from Siraha and Kathmandu, two each from Jhapa, Morang, Ramechhap and Rupandehi, one each from Sunsari, Udayapur, Bara, Rautahat, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Kaski and Salyan tested positive for the coronavirus, said Gautam.
Nepal had reported four Covid-19 related deaths and 224 new cases on Friday and three deaths and 274 new cases on Thursday. On Wednesday, 210 new cases were confirmed. One Covid-19 related death and 311 new coronavirus infections were recorded on Tuesday. The ministry had registered three deaths and 139 cases on Monday and 130 new cases on Sunday.
So far, 14,492 individuals have made successful recoveries after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Dr Gautam said 93 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours. The country has so far reported 56 deaths from Covid-19-related conditions.
As many as 382,490 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 18, 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 30,349,591 people with 950,555 deaths and 22,038,587 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 5,212,686 with 84,404 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 304,386 confirmed cases with 6,408 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 61,593 cases with 390 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.