With increase in the number of PCR tests, Nepal records highest single-day surge in coronavirus infections with more than 5,000 new casesThe national infection tally reaches 105,684 with 30,818 active cases and the death toll climbs to 614, according to the Health Ministry.
Nepal on Saturday reported 5,008 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day surge, to take the national tally to 105,684.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 fatalities reached 614 with 14 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.
Three of the deceased, two men aged 48 and 90 years and a 68-year-old woman, were from Kathmandu, two men aged 20 and 72 were from Morang, and two other men aged 43 and 49 were from Lalitpur.
Similarly, a 31-year-old woman from Dhading and six men aged 45, 71, 68, 77, 36 and 57 from Sunsari, Sarlahi, Bhaktapur, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi (East) and Rupandehi districts, respectively, also succumbed to the disease.
So far, 74,252 individuals have made successful recoveries—1,229 of them in the past 24 hours. The active case count stands at 30,818.
According to the ministry, Kathmandu Valley recorded 2,672 new infections, the highest daily surge. Of them, 2,100 cases were reported in Kathmandu, 369 in Lalitpur and 203 in Bhaktapur.
As of Saturday, the number of cases in the Valley has reached 40,370. A total of 37,872 cases have been detected after the three district administration offices in Kathmandu Valley imposed prohibitory orders on August 19.
The country has seen 87,690 infections and 574 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, 254 individuals from Bagmati Province, 138 from Province 2, 95 from Lumbini Province, 75 from Province 1, 30 from Gandaki Province, 15 from Sudurpaschim Province, and seven from Karnali Province have died of Covid-19 so far.
As of Saturday, 1,164,557 PCR tests have been carried out across the country.
“A total of 19,320 PCR tests were performed in the past 24 hours,” Dr Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the ministry, said during a regular press briefing.
Previously, the country had recorded the highest daily spikes in coronavirus infections for two days in a row on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Thursday, 4,364 new cases and 12 Covid-19 related deaths were reported after carrying out 18,473 PCR tests. There were 3,439 new cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday when 14,209 PCR tests were performed. However, the country on Friday reported 2,059 new cases.
The decline in new infections on Friday could also be due to the decrease in the number of PCR tests, according to the experts.
Compared to the 18,473 polymerase chain reaction tests conducted on Thursday, only 13,279 were performed on Friday.
In the past 24 hours, 2,100 individuals in Kathmandu, 394 in Sunsari, 369 each in Lalitpur and Morang, 215 in Rupandehi, 203 in Bhaktapur, 147 in Chitwan, 134 in Surkhet, 93 in Dang, 55 in Tanahun, 54 in Makwanpur, 51 in Kaski, 48 each in Jhapa and Sindhuli, 45 in Banke, 42 in Pyuthan, 40 in Nuwakot, 38 in Dhading, 37 in Palpa, 36 each in Parsa and Nawalparasi (East), 35 each in Kavre and Kailali, 31 in Nawalparasi (West), 25 in Gorkha, 19 in Sarlahi, 18 each in Siraha and Kanchanpur, 17 in Rautahat, 15 in Arghakhanchi, 12 each in Baglung and Salyan, 11 each in Dhankuta, Dhanusha, Mahottari and Rukum (West), and 10 each in Bara, Kapilvastu, Dailekh and Bajhang, tested positive for the coronavirus infection.
Infections were also recorded in nine individuals in Sankhuwasabha, eight each in Dolakha, Jumla and Baitadi, seven each in Myagdi, Syangja and Gulmi, six each in Udayapur, Saptari, Sindhupalchok, Bardiya and Achham, five each in Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap and Rolpa, and four each in Ilam, Dadeldhura and Doti.
Likewise, three people each in Khotang, Bhojpur, Rasuwa, Parbat and Darchula, two each in Lamjung and Rukum (East), and one each in Taplejung, Tehrathum and Kalikot, also tested positive for the virus.
“Nine districts—Morang, Sunsari, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Chitwan, Banke, Rupandehi and Surkhet—have more than 500 active cases,” Gautam said. “Two districts—Manang and Mustang—don’t have any active cases.”
As of Saturday, 321 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care units across the country and 77 others—57 in Bagmati, 11 in Province 1, seven in Lumbini and two in Province 2—are on ventilator support, according to the ministry.
Track all Covid-19 cases in Nepal here.