Nepal has witnessed a sharp rise in coronavirus infection cases since the government has lifted the nationwide lockdown.
On August 2, the Nepali Government recorded 246 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total number of cases over 20,000 mark to reach 20,332.
A 68-year-old woman from Birgunj-16 died due to coronavirus infection while undergoing treatment at Narayani Vayodha Hospital in Birgunj on August 1. With this, the nation’s death toll stands at 57.
Meanwhile, 111 COVID-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals, taking the total recovery cases to 14,603. Currently, there are 5,362 active cases in the country.
Even though the active cases are very low in Nepal, the risk of coronavirus infection has increased in recent days.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the country’s infection rate has increased by 0.8% after lifting the lockdown. Even the deaths have increased sharply.
In response, the MoHP has urged the elderly above 60 years of age and children below 12 to stay at home.
“As a lot of people over 60 are already suffering from diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, they are likely to succumb to COVID-19 if they get exposed to this virus. Similarly, children below 12 rarely maintain physical distance and wear masks, increasing the risk of the COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Jageshwar Gautam, MoHP Spokesperson.
The Province 2 Government has imposed prohibitory orders in six district headquarters for an indefinite period in a bid to stem coronavirus spread.
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“The prohibitory orders have been imposed in these district headquarters after the COVID-19 cases spread to the community level,” said Gyanendra Kumar Yadav, Minister for Internal Affairs and Law of Province 2.
Meanwhile, the prohibitory order imposed in Birgunj Metropolitan City has been extended throughout the Parsa district for an indefinite period.
The number of coronavirus cases in Parsa district has reached 580, with new 73 cases in the last 24 hours.
So far, Province 2 has reported 5,342 positive cases and 19 deaths. Currently, there are 4,295 active cases and 1,028 recovery cases.