With 114 new cases, Nepal records highest single day Covid-19 surge; national tally jumps to 886The virus has now spread to 47 districts, according to the Health Ministry.
Nepal on Wednesday recorded 114 new Covid-19 cases, the highest in a single day, taking the national tally to 886.
This is the first time more than 100 cases were reported in a single day.
“Samples of 114 individuals from 11 districts tested positive for the coronavirus infection,” said Dr Bikas Devkota, spokesperson for the Health Ministry, at a regular press briefing on Wednesday.
“Samples of 35 individuals from Rautahat, 17 from Jhapa, 16 from Banke, 15 from Dang, 12 from Saptari, eight from Bara, six from Baglung, three from Rukum (East) and one each from Makwanpur and Siraha tested positive for the virus,” said Devkota.
The country has reported four Covid-19 deaths so far.
Banke has so far reported 170 cases, the highest in the country, followed by Kapilvastu with 109 cases and Rautahat which has reported 106 cases. Likewise, Parsa has confirmed 95 Covid-19 cases till date, Jhapa has 53 cases and Bara has 50.
Rupandehi, Sarlahi and Udyapur have reported 44, 34 and 33 cases respectively.
“So far, 58,277 Polymerase Chain Reaction tests and 1,00,287 Rapid Diagnostic Tests have been carried out across the country,” said Devkota. “Similarly, 70,305 individuals have been kept in quarantine facilities across the country.”
Meanwhile, 183 patients from across the country have recovered, said Devkota.
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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.