15 May 2020 KATHMANDU: Corona Infected people are increasing in Nepal like wildfire as there were only two dozen confirmed cases till end of April. As confirmed today by health ministry, the tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 249 with three new cases confirmed in Nepal on Thursday evening.
The new cases were confirmed through PCR tests conducted at the National Public Health Laboratory, Teku, Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said today. The new cases include one male and two females
The newly-infected are a seven-year-old boy of Dahachowk, Kathmandu, 17-year-old girl of Dhanusha, Janakpur and a 33-year-old woman of Dhading, Joint-Spokesperson Samir Kumar Adhikari said.
The boy from Kathmandu and the woman from Dhading have been admitted to Armed Police Force Hospital, Dr. Adhikari told reporters.
Earlier, this morning, the Ministry reported two new corona-virus cases taking the number of infection cases to 245.
Currently, 211 people are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the country while 35 have returned home after recovery. Similarly, 272 people have been kept in isolation.
Meanwhile, Nepal has conducted 3,371 tests in the past 24 hours.
According to Spokesperson Dr. Bikash Devkota, 22,664 tests have been conducted through the PCR method while 62,327 tests through the RDT so far.
Presently there are 15,600 people in quarantine and 53, 835 quarantine beds across the country.
Dr. Devkota said that 14,007 RDT kits and 7,000 pieces VTM, PPE have been sent to Province 1, 2, 5, Karnali Province, and Sudurpaschim Province via airways and lands.
As increased numbers of infection in Kathmandu valley, the government has expanded the scope of testing in the three cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur as many of migrant workers are arrived in the valley as some soften move was announced earlier to lockdown.
According to the Department of Health Services, the campaign, which began on Thursday, aims to test at least 10,000 people in the Valley.
Director-General of the department Mahendra Prasad Shrestha said that the risk in Kathmandu has increased.
“Such a risk had never existed before. The virus has been transmitted from people who have entered the valley in the last 15-20 days,” he said.
The government is preparing to give priority to testing people at high risk. The list includes vegetable and milk vendors, drivers and co-drivers of fuel trucks, relief workers and journalists.
Health workers, doctors, nurses and those working in the front lines of the security forces will also be given priority.
Shrestha said, “It started from Kalimati today. We are trying to reach all the risky places in Kathmandu by May 18.”
As India has planned to increase the lockdown for two more weeks with limited movement of vehicle and human traffic in India, Nepal may follow the same after last extension will end on May 18.