Nepal records highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases with 1,454 new infectionsThe Kathmandu Valley reports a record daily infection surge for the second day with 696 new cases.
Nepal’s Covid-19 tally reached 51,919 with 1,454 new cases, the highest single-day spike so far, reported on Friday. The country also recorded five more deaths taking the Covid-19-related fatalities to 322.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the active case count stands at 14,925. So far, 36,672 individuals have made successful recovery—972 of them in the past 24 hours.
The Kathmandu Valley recorded the highest daily coronavirus cases for the second day with 696 new infections. Of them, 620 were confirmed in Kathmandu, and 38 each in Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts. As of Friday, the number of cases in the Valley has reached 10,708. A total of 8,210 cases were detected after the prohibitory orders came into effect on August 19 midnight.
“Four men and a woman 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, a 40-year-old woman was from Morang while four men aged 65, 45, 70 and 55 years were from Mahottari, Dhanusha, Kathmandu and Nawalparasi (West) districts respectively.
The country has recorded 33,925 infections and 282 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, 110 individuals from Province 2, 96 from Bagmati Province, 48 from Province 5, 35 from Province 1, 18 from Gandaki Province, 10 from Sudurpaschim Province, and five from Karnali Province have died of Covid-19 so far.
As of Friday, the government has carried out 821,186 PCR tests across the country.
“A total of 10,701 PCR tests were carried out in the past 24 hours,” said Gautam.
In the past 24 hours, 620 individuals in Kathmandu, 102 in Rupandehi, 74 in Chitwan, 67 in Kailali, 54 in Makwanpur, 47 in Morang, 44 inSunsari, 42 in Siraha, 38 each in Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Nawalparasi (East), 35 in Nawalparasi (West), 28 in Kapilvastu, 26 in Surkhet, 20 in Gulmi, 18 in Banke, 14 in Jhapa, 13 in Pyuthan, 12 each in Sankhuwasabha and Palpa, 11 each in Kavre, Kaski and Rukum (East), tested positive for the coronavirus infection.
Infections were also recorded in eight people in Tanahun, seven in Sarlahi, six each in Rautahat, Gorkha, Lamjung and Doti, five in Dang, four each in Saptari and Syangja, and three each in Parsa, Nuwakot and Rolpa.
Likewise, two persons each in Dhanusha, Bara, Mahottari, Sindhupaklchok, Sindhuli, Parbat and Kanchanpur, and one each in Dhading, Ramechhap, Bardiya and Jumla also tested positive for the virus.
“Five districts—Sunsari, Sarlahi, Kathmandu, Chitwan and Rupandehi—have more than 500 active cases,” Gautam said. “Seven districts— Solukhumbu, Manang, Mustang, Humla, Mugu, Myagdi and Dolpa—don’t have any active cases.”
“As of Friday, 170 Covid-19 patients were being treated in intensive care units across the country and 25 patients—22 in Bagmati, two in Province 5 and one in Sudurpaschim—are on ventilator support.”
Nepal reported five Covid-19-related deaths and 1,246 new infections on Thursday compared to six Covid-19-related deaths and 1,081 new infections on Wednesday and six deaths and 902 new cases on Tuesday.
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