KATHMANDU, Aug 30: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) reported a record daily jump of 1,221 coronavirus infections on Sunday, taking Nepal's COVID-19 tally to 38,561 as cases surged across the country.
Sharing the country's COVID-19 national updates on Sunday afternoon at a virtual press meet, Jageshwar Gautam, the spokesperson for the MoHP, said that 1,221 persons tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting 12,717 PCR tests at various labs across the country in the past 24 hours. "Of the newly-infected, 883 are males and 348 are females," Spokesperson Gautam said.
The Kathmandu Valley has witnessed a steep rise in the number of coronavirus cases in recent weeks despite the enforcement of prohibitory orders in the three districts of the Valley—Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. According to Spokesperson Gautam, the Valley recorded at least 429 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, 276 persons who were earlier diagnosed with COVID-19 were discharged after recovery from various health institutions across the country in the past 24 hours. "With this latest figure, the country's COVID-19 recovery tally stands at 20,822," the spokesperson said.
According to him, there are currently 17,518 active cases of coronavirus across the country.
As the country is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, 14 coronavirus-linked deaths were recorded in various parts of the country in the past 24 hours. "With this, the COVID-19 death toll in Nepal stands at 221," Spokesperson Gautam said.