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Nepal records two new cases today, COVID-19 tally hits 219

13 May 2020, Kathmandu

The infection cases from Coronavirus has reached 219 in Nepal after two persons tested positive on Wednesday.

The two persons include a 36-year-old male of Banke and the a 22-year-old male from Kapilvastu.

While the swab of the first person was tested at Dhulikhel laboratory, the second person’s swab was tested at the National Heath Laboratory in Kathmandu, according to Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, Joint Spokesperson of the Ministry.

It should be noted that 83 new Coronavirus cases were reported in a single day on Tuesday alone with three new cases in the Kathmandu Valley.

According to the Ministry, Parsa district has the highest number of Coronavirus cases with 82 followed by Udayapur with 32.

Similarly, Kapilvastu has 30 infection cases, 26 in Banke, 16 in Rupandehi, 4 each in Kailali and Kathmandu, 3 each in Bara, Rautahat and Dhanusha, 2 each in Bhaktapur, Baglung, Chitwan, Jhapa, Mahottari and 1 each in Bardiya, Bhojpur, Kanchanpur, Saptari, Dhanusha, Dhading and Sarlahi.

Meanwhile, 186  among those infected with the novel virus are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the country while 33 have returned home after recovery, according to the Ministry.

Parsa has remained one of the ‘hotspots’ of the pandemic.

Dr. Udaya Narayan Singh at Narayani Hospital, Birgunj told Khabarhub that it can be said that the coronavirus infection has spread in the community in Parsa.

According to Dr. Singh, the process of throat swab test collection in Parsa is still going on. Therefore, the number of infected people may increase further.

Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division Dr. Basudev Pandey says that the number of COVID-10 cases could increase further in Nepal.

He said, “The number of infected people can increase as people have been entering Nepal from India without any restrictions.”

Pandey said that it will be known whether the coronavirus has spread in the community or not only after the completion of contact tracing.

“Health workers are now conducting contact tracing in areas where the infection has been found,” said Dr. Pandey, “Therefore, it cannot be said that the infection has spread in the community without completing the work.”

According to Spokesperson Bikash Devkota, 18,964 tests have been conducted by the PCR method and 59,627 by RDT so far. Similarly, additional 2,236 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours.

He said that more than 228 people have been currently isolated, adding that one person is in isolation in the Kathmandu Valley and 227 outside the Valley.

According to him, 25 people are in isolation in Province-1. Of them, 19 are infected and six are suspected patients, 80 people are in isolation in Province 2, out of which 68 are infected and 12 are suspected and 25 people are in isolation in Bagmati, out of which 24 are suspected and one is infected.

Similarly, in Province 5, out of 98 people in isolation, 28 are suspected and 70 are infected.

Likewise, 12,785 people have been quarantined across the country.

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