With over 519,046 fatalities, the coronavirus pandemic has infected around 10,809,447 people across the world.
Over 160,000 new positive cases are being reported worldwide, making the epidemic grow at a relatively faster pace than before.
The US reported the highest one-day spike on Wednesday with 51,097 new cases, followed by Brazil that reported around 45,000 new cases.
Nepal has reported 482 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total count to 14,046.
Meanwhile, a total of 4,656 patients recovered so far. Currently, 9,360 people are in isolation and 48,362 in quarantine centers across the country.
A 45-year-old man from Ramaroshan Rural Municipality succumbed to COVID-19 infection, taking the total death toll in the country to 30.
While the children and elders are at high-risk of coronavirus pandemic across the world, the situation in Nepal is a bit unusual.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), almost 60% of the total cases in Nepal aged between 21 to 40.
Among the total infected cases, there are 462 children below 10 years of age, while 34 are above the age of 70. However, there are 8,450 infected youths.
The Nepali Government has decided to provide cash relief to the coronavirus infected people for their treatment.
According to the Chief of Policy and Planning at the Ministry Dr. Gunaraj Lohani, the Government is set to provide NPR 200 to 15,000 as cash donation for each patient.
The cash relief proposal is as follows-
So far, the Nepali Government has allocated a total of NPR 2.9 billion for the treatment of the COVID-19 patients.
In need of the hour, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 3 million grant from its Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF) to support Nepal in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant financed by the Japanese Government will be used to improve quarantine facilities, effective management of the migrant returnees, and procurement of medical equipment and supplies.