Nepal’s coronavirus deaths reach 300-mark

Nepal’s coronavirus deaths reach 300-mark

Kalpana Acharya\Kathmandu: With 11 more fatalities in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus cases in Nepal climbed to 300 on Monday.

Seven more males and four females died due to the COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, confirmed Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) Dr Jageshwor Gautam.

According to MoHP, the total number of coronavirus cases stood at 47,236. Among them, 979 people were infected in the last 24 hours. In the Kathmandu Valley, 326 more people tested positive —293 in Kathmandu, 13 in Bhaktapur and 20 in Lalitpur.

Kathmandu accounts for the highest number of infections among all 77 districts with 6,917. While the total number of infected in the country stands at 16,259, a total of 30,677 recovered from COVID-19.

The ministry data says 777,563 PCR tests have been carried out across the country as of now. Still, 16,259 people are staying in isolation with 4,739 in quarantine.

In Nepal, the first COVID-19 case was detected on 23 January this year when a 32-year old Nepali man returning from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first case was discovered on 31 December 2019, tested positive.

COVID-19 was declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal, Sukraraj Infectious and Tropical Disease Hospital in Teku, Kathmandu, has been designated as the primary hospital along with Patan Hospital and the Armed Police Force Hospital in the Kathmandu Valley. At present, all central, provincial and hub hospitals as well as medical colleges in the country provide care for COVID-19 cases. More than 2,000 beds in different hospitals across the country have been allocated for isolation of suspected and confirmed cases.

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