KATHMANDU, April 13: Eight people have died of COVID-19 in a single day in Nepal. This is the highest death toll due to coronavirus since the second wave of COVID-19 started in Nepal.
The Kathmandu Valley has recorded the highest number of deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, Deputy Spokesperson at the MoHP, said even younger people have succumbed to the virus this time.
With this, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Nepal has reached 3,053. Similarly, the total number of infected persons has reached 280,524. Of those, 274,165 have recovered.
As per the ministry, the infection rate in the past 24 hours has also seen a spike as compared to the previous day. Of the total 5,105 samples tested during the period, 559 have been tested positive for the COVID-19. The infection rate has also increased on Monday. The infection rate on Sunday was 9.6 percent. Doctors say the infection rate should be less than 5 percent to bring it under control.
Similarly, infection has been confirmed among 63 out of 727 samples tested at the border between March 19 and April 11. Out of the eight entry points to Nepal, the highest number of infections has been confirmed at Chitranagar checkpoint in Kanchanpur district with 54 tested positive for the virus.
As of Tuesday, the highest number of COVID-19 cases has been recorded in Bagmati Province. In this province alone, 235 new cases of COVID-19 have been added.
Dr Adhikari said that more people died due to delay in treatment and negligence. He suggested that everyone should strictly adhere to public health standards as the risk of death due to infection has increased lately.
Dr Adhikari also suggested people to strictly maintain social distancing, pay attention to personal hygiene including washing hands regularly, wear a reliable mask while going away from home and avoid crowds to avoid possible infection.
Although the ministry has instructed the government agencies concerned to strictly follow public health standards in view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 infection, the ministry said that there has been gross negligence on the part of ordinary people to follow necessary health protocols.