Nepal reports 681 new cases of COVID-19, tally hits 28,938

19 August 2020, Kathmandu

A total of 681 coronavirus positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours in the highest single-day spike taking the national count to 28,938, Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a regular press briefing this afternoon, Ministry’s Spokesperson Dr. Jageshwor Gautam said that 11,522 samples were tested through the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method in the last 24 hours.

The new cases were detected in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Okhaldhunga, Jhapa, Panchthar, Morang, Sunsari, Dhanusa, Parsa, Bara, Mahottari, Rautahat, Saptari, Sarlahi, Siraha, Chitwan, Dhading, Kaski, Gorkha, Tanahun, Nawalparasi (East), Lamjung, Kapilvastu, Dang, Nawalparasi (West), Palpa, Pyuthan, Bardiya, Banke, Rupandehi, Jumla, Dolpa, Dailekh, Salyan, Surkhet, Achcham, Kailali and Doti.

At present, 11,118 people are in isolation and 13, 571 are in various quarantine facilities.

Meanwhile, as many as 17,700 have recovered across the country so far. As many as 120 have been discharged from hospitals and isolation centers in the last 24 hours, he shared.

Currently, there are 11,118 active cases of COVID-19 of which, 7,987 are in institutional isolation and 3,131 are in home isolation.

Some 131 COVID-19 patients across the nation are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and six patients are receiving ventilator facility.

Nepal has reported 6 new deaths. With this, the death toll has reached 120, he said.

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