Kathmandu : The country has recorded a total of 638 cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Health and Population informed that the new cases were found among 10,462 persons undergone test.
With the latest test, number of people undergoing PCR test has reached 462,698 in the country. In Kathmandu Valley alone, the number of infection was recorded at 136 in the latest update. Among them, Kathmandu got 121 cases of infection, Lalitpur 12 and Baktapur 7.
Four die of virus Meanwhile, four more persons succumbed to coronavirus. Spokesperson at Ministry, Pro Dr Jageshwor Gautam said those losing lives to the virus are- 50 and 60-year-old men from Dhanusha, 50-year-old woman from Kavre, and 84-year-old man from Sindhupalchowk district.
Meanwhile, 171 persons defeated the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. With this, the number of those getting recovery from the virus has reached 16,664. Currently, there are 7,201 active cases across the country.
There are 224 persons in home isolation and 85 receiving treatment at hospital ICUs. Among these, three are on ventilator support, the Ministry said, adding that there are a total of 11034 ICU beds and 576 ventilators in various hospitals across the country.
The Chaudhari Foundation has gifted eight ventilators to the Health Ministry, according to Spokesperson Dr Gautam.
State-1 records highest ever daily spike in infection cases
As of 5:30 pm today (Tuesday), the State-1 has recorded 98 pandemic patients- 64 male 34 female- the highest recorded COVID-19 tally so far in the state.
According to the Corona Information Desk of the State Government, Morang, Sunsari, Udayapur Jhapa, Ilam and Taplejung has seen proven COVID-19 patients today. Morang, Sunsari, Udayapur and Jhapa have 61, 18, 15 and 2 COVID-19 patients respectively. Likewise, Ilam and Taplejung each recorded one patient today.
State capital Biratnagar witnessed 50 patients- 29 male and 21 female- today. Despite locally announced 14-day-long lockdown starting from August 1, Biratnagar has increasing number of pandemic patients.
Today, 1,682 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests were carried out in State-1, shared Corona Information Desk of the State.
As of Tuesday evening, State-1 has 1,543 pandemic cases- 1,263 male and 300 female. Out of this, 1,014 patients- 851 male and 163 female- have been discharged after recovery.
Eight patients have died of this pandemic. All the deceased are male.
State-5 government decides to restrict movement at border areas
The government of State-5 has decided to make border management and control more strict and effective in view of the increased risk of COVID-19 in the State.
A meeting of State Corona Crisis Management Centre held under chairmanship of Chief Minister, Shankar Pokhrel, decided to make movement at border areas more strict and effective, reads a press release issued by Chief Minister’s press advisor, Sher Bahadur KC.
The State government also decided to make arrangement of safe arrival from the border areas fixed for Nepal-India movement, to keep record and making effective arrangement of health test establishing health desk.
The meeting also took the decision to control short-type of movement between Nepal and India as well as ask District Corona Crisis Management Centre to inform concerned employers not to involve those not staying at quarantine at last 14 days in works.
The Social Development Ministry of the State would take initiative to bring the lab of Rapti Academy of Health Sciences into operation for COVID-19 test as well as to assign the human resources deputed at Corona Special Hospital for three more months are also the decision taken by the meeting.
2.27% samples collected at BPKIHS Dharan test COVID-19 positive
A tally shows that 2.27% throat swab samples collected at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences have tested COVID-19 positive.
According to Dr. Nidesh Sapkota, the spokesperson at the Dharan-based teaching hospital, a total of 1,9450 samples have been collected at the microbiology lab of the BPKIHS as of Monday evening. Out of these samples collected, 441 have tested positive which accounts for 2.27 % of the total samples collected.
However, rest of the tested samples have tested negative. Dr. Sapkota said the situation is not troubling as in the last 24 hours, only a single pandemic patient has admitted to the hospital.
Currently, 100 pandemic patients are undergoing treatment at BPKIHS. Four pandemic patients have died and 292 discharged after recovering, informed Dr. Sapkota.
The BPKIHS is the first health facility in the State-1 to start Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR) for Corona Virus. It started PCR test on March 29, just six days after the nationwide lockdown in Nepal. Chief Minister of the sate-1 had inaugurated its official beginning.