With 418 new cases, Nepal’s Covid-19 tally reaches 20,750Parsa reports the highest 71 cases while 50 more test positive in the Valley, according to the health ministry.
Nepal on Monday reported 418 new Covid-19 cases as the national tally reached 20,750.
The health ministry said 7,637 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were carried out in the country in the past 24.
Samples from 71 individuals from Parsa, 67 from Kailali, 51 from Saptari, 46 from Morang, 43 from Kathmandu, 30 each from Dhanusha and Mahottari, 16 from Kanchanpur, eight each from Banke and Kaski, five each from Jhapa and Sunsari, four each from Achham, Bara and Bhaktapur, three each from Lalitpur and Siraha, two each from Dailekh, Rautahat, Rukum (West), Sarlai and Surkhet and one each from Bardiya, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Dang, Dolakha, Gulmi, Mahottari, Rasuwa, Rupandehi and Syangja tested positive for coronavirus, said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the ministry during a regular press briefing on Monday.
On Sunday, the ministry had reported one more death and 246 new cases compared to 315 new cases on Saturday. While four Covid-19 related deaths and 224 new cases were confirmed on Friday, three deaths and 274 new cases were reported on Thursday. On Wednesday, 210 new cases were found.
Gautam said tha 14,961 (72.1) percent of individuals who tested positive have recovered from the disease so far. He said 358 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours. The country has so far reported 57 deaths from Covid-19-related conditions.
There have been 398,907 PCR tests carried out in the country so far.
Four districts—Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Manang and Mustang—don’t have any active cases, Gautam said.
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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.