Nepal records 1,016 new Covid-19 infections, highest for a single dayAccording to the Health Ministry, Kathmandu Valley reported 205 new cases, the most single day infections, while seven people died due to Covid-19 related complications.
Nepal on Tuesday reported 1,016 new infections, the highest daily spike in Covid-19 cases, to take the national tally to 28,257.
The Health Ministry said that seven people—six men from Kavre, Nawalparasi, Morang, Dhanusa, Banke and Kaski districts and one woman from Tanahun— succumbed to the disease.
Kathmandu Valley also recorded 205 new Covid-19 cases, its highest for a single day, with 138 cases in Kathmandu, 50 in Lalitpur and 17 in Bhaktapur.
According to the ministry, 47 individuals from Province 2, 20 from Bagmati Province, 15 from Province 5, 12 from Province 1, eight from Sudurpaschim Province, eight from Gandaki Province and four from Karnali have died from Covid-19-related conditions so far.
A total of 13,461 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were carried out in the past 24 hours. So far, 542,866 PCR tests have been performed in the country.
Samples of 138 individuals from Kathmandu, 128 from Parsa, 108 from Morang, 107 from Sarlahi, 64 from Dhanusha, 50 from Lalitpur, 49 from Chitwan, 46 from Doti, 42 from Bara, 37 from Rautahat, 30 from Makwanpur, 24 from Mahottari, 21 each from Jhapa and Kavrepalanchok; 19 from Kapilvastu, 17 from Bhaktapur, 16 each from Siraha and Kaski; and 14 from Rupandehi tested positive for the coronavirus.
Test results of nine samples from Bardiya, eight from Sunsari, six from Banke, five from Dailekh, four from Nawalparasi (East), three each from Sankhuwasabha, Saptari, Sindhupalchok and Baglung; two each from Udayapur, Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Tanahun and Darchula; and one each from Khotang, Okhaldhunga, Panchthar, Sindhuli, Lamjung, Syangja, Dang, Nawalparasi (West), Rolpa, Rukum (West), Surkhet, Kailali and Kanchanpur also came positive.
Nepal had reported three Covid-19-related deaths and 581 new infections on Monday. On Sunday, the country recorded two more Covid-19-related deaths and 641 new infections. There were 468 new infections and three Covid-19-related deaths on Saturday. Friday saw four deaths and 594 new infections. Four deaths and 525 new cases were reported on Thursday, compared to eight deaths and 484 new cases on Wednesday.
So far, 17,580 individuals have made successful recoveries after being diagnosed with Covid-19. According to the ministry, 85 Covid patients were discharged from various hospitals in the last 24 hours.
Four districts—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.