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Nepal confirms three new COVID-19 cases, tally hits 295



17 May 2020, Kathmandu

The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed three new coronavirus cases in Nepal taking the tally to 295.

Issuing a statement on Sunday, Joint Spokesperson Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari said that two males aged 29 and 36 years of Biratnagar have tested positive for coronavirus.

Likewise, a 34-year-old female of Dhankuta has tested positive for coronavirus.

With this, the number of coronavirus-infected people in Province-1 has reached 39 out of which 17 have recovered.

While the total number of people infected with coronavirus in Nepal has reached 295 so far, two persons have died.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, a 25-year-old youth, who died while in quarantine in Banke, tested positive with coronavirus.

The youth, who died in Banke on Sunday morning, was infected with COVID-19, the Health Ministry has said.

His swab specimen was collected for testing and had come out positive, according to Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health Dr Bikas Devkota.

The deceased was a recent returnee from Mumbai, India.

He had returned Nepal from Mumbai on May 12. Immediately after arrival he was taken to Naraina-based quarantine center in Banke.

He had reported respiratory problems.

A 29-year-old woman from Bahrabise of Sindhupalchowk was the first one to die of COVID-19 on Friday.

Meanwhile, the contact tracing of the people who had come in contact with the deceased woman of Sindhupalchowk is going on, the Ministry of Health and Population has said.

According to Dr. Bikash Devkota, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population, medics from TU Teaching Hospital’s Community Medicine Unit, Dhulikhel Hospital’s Community Medicine Unit are working under the coordination of the Department of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control for the contact tracing.

He added that the swab of the people who came in contact with the first woman who died of coronavirus in Nepal is undergoing.

“The sample of more than 400 people who had come into contact with the deceased have been collected from various areas including Gongabu and Machhapokhari areas in Kathmandu,” the spokesperson said at the Ministry said in the daily briefing.

Spokesperson Dr. Devkota updated that the number of coronavirus cases in Nepal has reached 291 out of which 36 have been discharged after recovery. He added that 2 have lost their lives due to the pandemic in Nepal.

According to him a total of 1,769 tests have been carried out through PCR method in the last 24 hours making the total PCR tests 28,160 so far.

Similarly, in the last 24 hours, some 2,020 samples have been tested through RDT method.

He told reporters that there are 18,357 persons in various quarantines and 346 people isolation throughout the country.

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