As neighboring India grapples with the deadly second wave of the pandemic, Nepal is bracing for a similar situation in the country.
Though the number of coronavirus infections and deaths are comparatively meager in Nepal, owing to its low population, the COVID-19 test positivity rate and transmission rate seem to be significantly very high than that of India.
During a virtual COVID-19 briefing of the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr. Biraj Karmacharya, Director of Department of Public Health and Community Program at Dhulikhel Hospital, informed that Nepal’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and transmission rate are almost double than that of India.
According to government statistics, Nepal’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is 41.9%, whereas the rate is 22.2% in India. Likewise, the coronavirus transmission rate of Nepal stands at 1.8%, while it is 1.2% in India.
However, the COVID-19 death rate in Nepal is significantly low than that of India. The COVID-19 fatality rate in every 1 million population is 1.6% in Nepal, while it is 2.8% in India.
As Nepal continues to report over 8,000 new cases daily, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health groups warned of a horrifying humanitarian crisis in the country.
In its latest weekly snapshot of the pandemic, the WHO reported that Nepal’s infection cases rose by a staggering 137% in a week.
Likewise, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Societies (IFRC) said, “Nepal is recording 57 times more cases than this time last month,” adding that the country’s test positivity rate was 44% last weekend.
“What is happening in India right now is a horrifying preview of Nepal’s future if we cannot contain this latest COVID surge that is claiming more lives by the minute,” said IFRC’s Nepal Chairperson Dr. Netra Prasad Timsina.
According to the MoHP, Nepal has reported 8,777 new infection cases and 88 new deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the nation’s coronavirus infection tally reached 394,667, while the death toll reached 3,720. Currently, there are 88,160 active cases and 302,787 recovery cases in the country.
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