888 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Bagmati Province alone

Published On: December 18, 2020 05:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Nepal stands third in terms of COVID-19 recoveries in the SAARC region

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Of the 1,765 COVID-19 related deaths confirmed so far in Nepal, 888 have been reported in Bagmati Province. This accounts for more than 50 percent of the total deaths in Nepal. Nepal reported the first death case on May 16.

Bagmati Province, where Nepal's heavily populated capital city, Kathmandu lies, has so far detected a total of 131,743 cases of the viral disease. Of them, 117,592 people are from the Kathmandu Valley alone. The capital city has witnessed 690 cases of COVID-19 fatalities.

Similarly, Lumbini Province has reported 222 COVID-19 deaths while Province 1 has seen 209 COVID-19 tragedies. The COVID-19 death tally includes 160 in Gandaki, 51 in Sudur Paschim and 24 in Karnali provinces.

Of the 252,474 total confirmed cases of the flu-like disease, Nepal’s mortality rate stands at 0.7 percent. With 16 new deaths on Friday, the country’s death tally has advanced to 1,765.

Meanwhile, Nepal detected 782 new COVID-19 cases including 287 in the Kathmandu Valley. As the government decided not to bear the COVID-19 testing and treatment costs starting October 18, the number of PCR tests for COVID-19 confirmation has reported a sharp decline from 20,000 tests on average a day to only 6,000 tests.

The government data released on Friday shows that Nepal has the third highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in the SAARC region. The two countries beating Nepal’s recovery rate are the Maldives with 95.4 percent of recovery rate and India (95.3%). Nepal’s success rate (95.1 %) against the viral disease is higher than that of Bhutan (93 %), Pakistan (87.3 %) and Bangladesh (86.6%).  Sri Lanka reported the lowest recovery rate (73.8 %) while Afghanistan saw 77.4 percent recoveries.

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