Death tally soars to 700 in just five months since May 16
KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Nepal added 21 more fatalities linked with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday.
With this, the country’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 715 since the first death case was reported on May 16, earlier this year. The first victim of the virus in Nepal was a 29-year-old woman from Sindhupalchowk district. The number of people dying of COVID-19 surpassed 100 on August 15. Then the death tally doubled just in 14 days. The death tally hit 300 in the next nine days on September 7. The number touched 401 on September 19 and 509 on October 1 and soared to 600 with 10 new deaths on October 9.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the worst-affected age group in terms of fatality is between 61 and 70 with 164 deaths whereas only eight children below the age of 10 have so far been claimed by this viral disease. Seventy six senior citizens over the age of 80 have succumbed to this disease.
The mortality rate due to this viral disease stands at 0.56 percent with 10 death cases on an average in a day. Nepal is one of the three countries in South Asia with the lowest death rates. The two other countries which have reported lower mortality rates than that of Nepal include Sri Lanka (0.3) and the Maldives (0.3). Bhutan, however, has not reported any death due to this viral infection yet. Afghanistan is leading the death rate tally with 3.7 percent of mortality rate followed by Pakistan (2.1).
Nepal first reported COVID-19 infection on January 24. The country so far has registered a total of 126,137 cases of which 88,040 have recovered.