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Nepal Sees Over 600 COVID-19 Cases in a Day for Second Time, Tally at 10,728

The government is all set to conduct at least 10,000 COVID-19 tests in coordination with private labs.
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Nepal Sees Over 600 COVID-19 Cases in a Day for Second Time, Tally at 10,728

So far, Nepal has recorded 10,728 coronavirus infection cases and 25 death cases. Currently, 8,366 patients are undergoing treatment across various hospitals, while 2,338 patients were recovered successfully.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case tally is likely to reach one crore next week. The number of COVID-19 cases across the world is currently at 9,527,766.

The total active cases stand at 3,867,378, while 5,175,416 have recovered successfully. However, 484,972 people succumbed to the disease.

COVID-19 in Nepal

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Nepal has witnessed over 600 COVID-19 cases in a single day for the second time on June 24, 2020.

The country has reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 10,728.

Meanwhile, a 55-year-old man died due to coronavirus infection while undergoing treatment at the Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences. With this, the country’s death tally reached 25.

However, 114 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the last 24 hours after a successful recovery from coronavirus, taking the total recovery cases to 2,338.

As of today, 8,366 people are in isolation and 73,869 are in quarantines across the country.

So far, the coronavirus pandemic has spread across all districts in Nepal except Rasuwa in Bagmati Province.

Nepal COVID-19 Dashboard

  • Total Cases – 10,728
  • Active Cases – 8,366
  • Recovery Cases – 2,338
  • Death cases – 25

Private Labs to Conduct COVID-19 Tests

Coronavirus Testing

With the continuous rise in coronavirus infection cases in the country, the Nepali Government is under high pressure to increase the scope of coronavirus testing.

To stop the growing criticism from the public, the government has committed to enhancing the testing capacity and making it possible to test at least 10,000 samples per day by June 29.

At this juncture, the private hospitals and laboratories have come forward to support the government’s endeavor.

As many as 19 private laboratories have applied for approval from the government to conduct the tests.

The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has approved the Directives related to granting permission to the private sector to test the PCR of COVID-19.

The Directive includes the procedure of establishing the COVID-19 lab, tools, materials, human resources, quality control waste management, the service charge, and the information and data management the labs have to arrange.

According to the Directives, the labs should

  • Meet the bio-safety level 2 standards as set by the National Public Health Laboratory
  • Have the capacity of conducting at least 200 tests per day
  • Have three separate rooms for the test
  • Arrange for the test kits required for the PCR test, safety health materials and others
  • Test only the samples provided by public labs

Meanwhile, the MoHP has agreed to provide NPR 5,500 per sample for the private labs.

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