Nepal reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day on Monday as the country grapples with a ragging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), a total of 3,556 people have been infected with the deadly coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s total infections to 303,561.
Of the total new cases reported in the country on Monday, Kathmandu alone reported 1,567 new cases, while Lalitpur and Bhaktapur recorded 223 and 122 cases, respectively.
Moreover, 12 people have died from coronavirus infection, taking the total death toll in the country to 3,176.
Meanwhile, 378 patients have recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, pushing total recovery cases in Nepal to 277,951. Currently, there are 22,434 active cases in the country.
Though the number of deaths in Nepal seems to be relatively low, Nepalis succumbing to COVID-19 in foreign lands is a bit concerning.
According to the Non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA), 23 Nepalis died from COVID-19 in foreign countries last week. Of the reported deaths, 20 were recorded in India, two in Kuwait, and one in Qatar. With this, the number of Nepalis who died from coronavirus outside the country has reached 372.
Moreover, the coronavirus infection tally of Nepalis living abroad stands at 68,506.
Despite the rising risk of the second COVID-19 wave, the Nepali Government doesn’t have any plan to implement nationwide lockdown immediately, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali.
“Though nationwide lockdown breaks the chain of infection, it is not a sustainable solution,” said Gyawali, adding that local authorities can enforce prohibitory orders in areas where the infection rate is high.
However, the Nepali Government has decided to close all educational institutions until further notice, given the explosion of coronavirus cases.