The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has urged the general public to stay where they are and celebrate the Dashain and Tihar festivals. During a daily virtual media briefing by the Ministry, Dr Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the MoHP, urged the public to stay home and celebrate the festivals. Earlier on Saturday, the health ministry had also asked the general public to visit the Kathmandu Valley only in cases of emergency. The ministry has been urging the public to avoid unnecessary travel as the country has been hit hard by COVID-19. On Sunday alone, Nepal recorded 2,253 new cases of COVID-19, including 1,599 in the Kathmandu Valley. The transmission of COVID-19 on a larger scale is feared as the festive season in Nepal is just a couple of weeks away. Nepalis travel from one place to another, mostly with their families, during this period.
Nepal’s COVID-19 case tally has reached 86,823 with 2,253 new cases reported on Sunday. Likewise, the country also witnessed seven more deaths related to COVID-19 in the same time. So far, as many as 535 individuals have succumbed to COVID-19 in Nepal. According to Dr Jageshwar Gautam, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), 2,253 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results turned out to be positive for COVID-19 out of 12,784 PCR tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Similarly, 1,329 people who had earlier tested positive for the virus recovered and returned home in the past 24 hours. As of Sunday afternoon, Nepal’s COVID-19 recovery tally stands at 64,069 which accounts for 73.8 percent of the total cases. There are currently 22,219 active cases of COVID-19 across the country. For the past one week, Nepal has been recording new COVID-19 cases in four-digit numbers. According to the latest data from MoHP, 226 COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Units (ICU) while 34 are on ventilators.
The Secretariat Meeting of the ruling Nepali Communist Party (NCP) has been postponed until further notice. The meeting was put off for Sunday on Saturday which has now been postponed until further notice as members of NCP have contracted COVID-19 in a large number. Earlier on Saturday, PM Oli’s Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal, Press Advisor Surya Thapa and Foreign Affairs Advisor Rajan Bhattarai tested positive for COVID-19. Similarly, the PM’s Chief Personal Secretary Indra Bhandari and Secretariat Photographer Rajan Kafle were also diagnosed with the viral disease. Oli’s personal physician Dr Dibya Singh Shah had already tested positive for the virus. Similarly, 74 other security personnel deployed at the PM Oli’s official residence have also tested positive for the virus.