On Tuesday, Nepal has recorded the biggest single-day spike of 1,016 COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 28,257.
Even the recovery rate has also dropped to 62.2%, with 17,580 people recovering in the country from the coronavirus infection. As many as 85 patients were discharged after successful recovery on Tuesday.
With the death of 8 patients in the last 24 hours, the nation’s fatality rate rose to 115.
Currently, there are 10,563 active COVID-19 cases, and 13,926 suspects are in quarantine.
As per the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal is expected to reach 179,123 by mid-October, at the current infection rate.
The Ministry has estimated that there will be 6,043 active cases, 4,834 asymptomatic cases, 302 critically cases, and 906 hospital admissions by the end of September.
However, the infection rate is expected to decrease gradually from the third week of August.
In a bid to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Kathmandu Valley, the Chief District Officers (CDOs) have decided to issue the prohibitory order in three districts until August 26, starting Wednesday midnight.
Earlier on Tuesday, a meeting of the CDOs had assessed the situation of COVID-19 in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. The meeting had concluded that restricting the movement of people and vehicles could be a best alternative to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Only essential services will be permitted during the prohibitory period.
Meanwhile, the MoHP had decided to prepare an isolation ward with 1,000-bed capacity in Kathmandu Valley.
In the last 24 hours, the Valley has reported 205 new coronavirus cases. Kathmandu district alone reported 138 cases, while Lalitpur and Bhaktapur witnessed 50 and 17 cases.
As many as 1,764 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Kathmandu Valley since August 1.