With the global countries witnessing new heights in the COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 7 acknowledged the possibility of airborne spread of the deadly coronavirus.
“We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO.
The response came after 239 scientists from 32 countries urged the global agency to revise its approach to COVID-19 transmission.
In an open letter to the WHO, the scientists penned that the floating virus could infect people who breathe them as the smaller exhaled particles from COVID-19 patients can linger in the air.
Maria said the WHO would publish a scientific brief summarising the state of knowledge on modes of coronavirus transmission in the coming days.
So far, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 546,720 people worldwide, while around 11,954,942 people were infected. As of today, a total of 6,902,358 COVID-19 patients were recovered successfully.
On July 7, 2020, the Nepali Government has reported 204 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the country’s tally to 16,168.
Meanwhile, a total of 688 coronavirus patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries in the country to 7,499. The total recoveries account to 46.38% of the total infected cases.
However, there are no death cases reported in the past 24 hours. Now, the COVID-19 death toll in Nepal stands at 35.
The mortality rate among the infected is 0.2%, while the mortality rate in one million is 1.2%.
Currently, 25,727 people are in quarantine centers and 8,634 undergoing treatment in isolation wards.
With the spike in coronavirus cases, the Nepali Government is set to resume the pass system for urgent private vehicles replacing the existing odd-even system.