Nepal has successfully flattened the COVID-19 curve, with daily infection cases declining gradually. However, it has yet to show the extended period of decline necessary to declare itself out of the woods.
In the last 24 hours, the Himalayan nation has recorded 2,407 new infection cases, taking the total COVID-19 tally to 628,942.
However, the day ended on a good note, with daily recovery cases outpacing the new infections by almost 2x times. A total of 3,994 patients have recovered successfully on Sunday, pushing the total recovery cases to 531,105.
Currently, there are 68,995 active COVID-19 cases in the country, of which 64,744 are in home isolation, 5,211 in institutional isolation, 1,100 in ICUs, and 347 on ventilators.
Unfortunately, 46 people have lost their lives to coronavirus, taking Nepal’s total COVID-19 fatalities to 8,412.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the government has conducted 7,517 PCR tests and 4,889 antigen tests on Sunday. Among them, 2,407 tests came out positive for coronavirus infection.
As of today, around 44 of 77 districts have more than 500 active cases.
Citing the decline in cases, the Chief District Officers of the Kathmandu Valley have eased the prohibitory order in three districts which has been extended to June 21 lately.
“We have decided to relax the prohibitory orders citing the decrease in coronavirus cases,” said Dhundi Prasad Niroula, CDO of Lalitpur.
According to the new regulations, grocery and vegetable shops, bookstores, and stationeries are allowed to open till 11 am.
“Though people are not encouraged to walk unnecessarily, restrictions on movements on foot for essential work have been relaxed following proper health protocols,” said Niroula.
“We have also relaxed provisions to allow visa processing for students, diversity visas to the US, and agricultural activities. Time limits have been set for public and private construction firms to operate,” he added.
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