Nepal’s Covid-19 tally reaches 18,613 with 130 new cases on SundaySeventy-five individuals were discharged from various hospitals across the country in the last 24 hour, according to the Health Ministry.
Nepal on Sunday reported 130 new cases of coronavirus infection, taking the national tally to 18,613.
“Out of 3,300 real-time polymerase chain reaction tests carried out in 16 labs across the country, results of 130 samples came positive,” said Dr Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, during a daily press briefing.
Throat swabs of 25 individuals from Dailekh, 14 from Achham, eight from Kathmandu, six from Bardiya, four from Parsa, three each from Rolpa, Surkhet and Bajura, two each from Mahottari, Solukhumbu, Nawalparasi (East), Gorkha, Kaski and Banke, one each from Dhanusha, Dang, Nuwakot, Rautahat, Makwanpur, Bara, Gulmi, Rupandehi, Arghakhanchi, Jumla and Kanchapur tested positive.
So far, 13,128 individuals have made successful recovery after being infected by the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19; 75 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours.
As many as 342,457 PCR tests have been performed in the country so far. Six districts—Bhojpur, Panchthar, Sankhuwasabha, Rasuwa, Manang and Mustang—don’t have any active cases, Gautam said.
On Saturday, Nepal had reported one Covid-19 related death and 109 new cases while 133 new cases were reported on Friday. Nepal reported 147 news cases on Thursday. There were 100 new cases on Wednesday, 150 cases on Tuesday and 186 new cases on Monday.
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Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of August 14, 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 20,919,243 people with 759,582 deaths and 13,441,913 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 2,461,190 with 48,040 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 287,300 confirmed cases with 6,153 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 25,551 cases with 99 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.