Four more Covid-19-related deaths, 525 new cases reportedHealth Ministry says one person each from Mahottari, Dhanusha, Achham and Morang districts died from the disease on Thursday.
Nepal’s Covid-19 toll reached 95 after four more deaths on Thursday while the national tally reached 24,957 after 525 new cases.
The Health Ministry said one person each from Mahottari, Dhanusha, Achham and Morang died due to conditions related to coronavirus infection.
A 45-year-old male from Matihani Municipality ward 6 in Mahottari died in Ram Janaki Hospital on August 9. He was a diabetic and tuberculosis patient.
Another person, an 85-year-old woman from Mithila Municipality ward 7 in Dhanusha, died at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan on Wednesday. The ministry said she was suffering from pneumonia, cough and breathing difficulties.
The third deceased was a man from Ramaroshan Rural Municipality in Achham. The 18-year-old with heart problems died at Patan Hospital in Lalitpur on Wednesday.
The fourth person, a 57-year-old man from Biratnagar Metropolitan City ward 3 in Morang, died in Koshi Hospital on Wednesday. He had respiratory problems and was a diabetic with high blood pressure.
Ministry spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam said 9,859 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were carried out in the country in the past 24 hours, of which 525 came back positive. This takes the national Covid-19 tally to 24,957.
Samples of 111 individuals from Kathmandu, 88 from Morang, 39 from Parsa, 31 from Saptari, 28 from Makwanpur, 26 from Sarlahi, 25 from Rautahat, 22 from Dhanusha, 21 from Kapilvastu, 20 each from Sunsari and Mahottari, 12 from Rupandehi, 11 each from Chitwan and Lalitpur, 10 from Banke, eight from Kavre, five from Bhaktapur, four from Ilam, three each from Ramechhap, Kaski, Nawalparasi (East), Bardiya and Pyuthan, two each from Jhapa, Siraha, Sindhuli and Dang, and one each from Udayapur, Bara, Dolakha, Nuwakot, Tanahun, Nawalparasi (West), Palpa, Surkhet, Baitadi and Doti tested positive for the virus.
Nepal had reported eight deaths and 484 new cases on Wednesday compared to four deaths and 638 new cases on Tuesday. On Monday, two deaths and 380 new cases were recorded while on Sunday there were two deaths and 380 new cases. On Saturday, the country saw three Covid-19-related deaths and 378 new infections. Five deaths and 464 new cases were confirmed on Friday.
With 109 in the past 24 hours, 16,837 individuals have made successful recoveries after being diagnosed with Covid-19, according to the ministry.
So far, 483,038 PCR tests have been performed in the country.
Five districts—Sankhuwasabha, Manang, Mustang, Dolpa and Humla—don’t have any active cases, according to the ministry.
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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.