KATHMANDU, April 6: Since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emanated from Wuhan city of China's Hubei province in December last year, 1,276,732 people have been infected globally, claiming almost 70,000 lives as of Monday afternoon.
208 countries and 2 international conveyances have been affected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of now, Italy is the worst hit with 15,887 deaths while USA has the highest number of active cases---336,851.
Despite being sandwiched between China and India, Nepal so far, has witnessed very few cases. The most important is nobody has died of this virus, which is spreading like wildfire throughout the world.
Since Nepal first reported its first coronavirus case on January 24, a total of 9 persons have been tested positive. The first COVID-19 patient, who had returned from Wuhan, the epicenter of this virus, has been recovered and returned to his home.
After a 34-year-old woman, with no travel history to any foreign country, tested positive on April 4, infection to this virus has now entered its second phase, the Ministry of Health said. There is more to it than meets the eye. Nepal lacks reliable and speedy testing mechanism.
SITUATION OF NEPALIS ABROAD
As of today, the highest number of Nepali nationals has been affected in the United States. 500 have been infected while 4 have died of this virus, according to Nepal Embassy in Washington DC. Similarly, 1 patient had recovered.
Huge number of Nepali migrant workers in the Middle East countries are said to be infected by this disease. In the Gulf, Bahrain has 12 cases, UAE 11 cases, Saudi Arabia 4 cases, Qatar 2 cases and Kuwait has one case. No Nepali has died in the Gulf region yet.
Talking about Europe, a total of 14 Nepalis have been found to be positive for this disease. Of them, 14 live cases are reported in Portugal. 2 deaths were confirmed in the UK last week.
In Australia, which hosts thousands of Nepalis students, 9 have been infected while a person was recovered. No death has been reported yet.
In India three Nepalis have been tested positive for COVID-19 so far, according to the Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.
In the eastern Asia, a patient has been tested positive in Malaysia and Japan each. The government said that it has been monitoring the situation of Nepali nationals in various parts of the world.