Nepal sees record daily infection surge for second day with 1,359 new coronavirus casesThe Covid-19 death toll has reached 271 with 14 more fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.
Nepal recorded the highest daily coronavirus cases for the second straight day on Friday with 1,359 new infections.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, with the new cases the national infection tally has reached 44,236. The active cases stand at 18,404.
In Kathmandu Valley, 454 cases were reported in the past 24 hours, with 386 infections detected in Kathmandu, 36 in Bhaktapur and 32 in Lalitpur. As of Friday, the number of cases in the Valley has reached 7,492. Of them, 4,994 cases were detected after the prohibitory orders were announced on August 19 midnight.
Fourteen deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s Covid-19 related fatalities to 271.
“Ten men and four women died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours,” Dr Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the ministry, said during a regular press briefing.
Among the deceased, three women aged 22, 67 and 82 were from Kathmandu while two men aged 35 and 55 were from Saptari. Nine people—eight men and a woman— who died of the coronavirus infection were from Dhanusha, Rasuwa, Kaski, Nawalparasi (West), Pyuthan, Rupandhi, Palpa, Surkhet and Chitwan.
The country has recorded 26,242 infections and 231 deaths since July 22. There were 17,994 cases and 40 Covid-19-related deaths until July 21, when the government decided to end the nationwide lockdown after four months.
According to the ministry, 99 individuals from Province 2, 74 from Bagmati Province, 39 from Province 5, 28 from Province 1, 16 from Gandaki Province, 10 from Sudurpaschim Province, and five from Karnali Province have died of the disease so far.
As of Thursday, the government has carried out 745,490 PCR tests across the country.
“A total of 13,638 PCR tests were carried out in the past 24 hours,”said Gautam.
Swab samples of 386 individuals from Kathmandu, 82 in Chitwan, 80 in Sarlahi, 76 in Morang, 52 in Kailali, 48 in Banke, 46 in Mahottari, 44 in Rupandehi, 43 in Dhanusha, 39 in Sunsari, 36 in Bhaktapur, 32 in Lalitpur, 28 each in Jhapa and Nawalparasi (West), 27 in Parsa, 26 each in Saptari and Gorkha, 22 in Surkhet, 21 each in Bara and Jumla, 20 in Kaski, 19 in Dhading, 18 in Makwanpur, 14 in Bardiya, 13 in Ramechhap, 12 in Tanahun, 10 in Lamjung, tested positive for the coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours.
Infections were also recorded in nine people in Dailekh, seven each in Kavre, Dang and Kapilvastu, six in Palpa, five each in Nuwakot and Kanchanpur, four each in Sindhupalchok and Doti, and three each in Syangja, Baitadi, Bajhang and Darchula districts.
Likewise, two persons each in Khotang, Okhaldhunga, Udayapur, Rautahat, Dolakha, Sindhuli, Gulmi and Jajarkot, and one each in Siraha, Rasuwa, Baglung, Myagdi, Rukum (East), Salyan, Rukum (West), Achham, also tested positive for the virus.
“Twelve districts—Morang, Sunsari, Dhanusha, Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Chitwan and Rupandehi—have more than 500 active cases,” Gautam said. “Six districts—Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Mustang, Humla, Mugu and Dolpa—don’t have any active cases.”
According to the ministry, 1,354 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the past 24 hours. So far, 25,561 individuals have made successful recovery.
“As of Thursday, 151 Covid-19 patients were being treated in intensive care units across the country and 26 patients—19 in Bagmati and four in Province 5 and three in Province 1—are on ventilator support.”
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