The government has carried out a total of 1,009,298 real time polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR) as of Monday. According to the daily situation reports published by the Health Ministry, the PCR tests carried out at various labs throughout the country crossed the 100,000 mark by the first week of June which doubled by the end of June and reached 554,388 including 11,522 new tests on August 19. Health Ministry officials said the first test to confirm the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nepal was conducted at the Teku-based National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) in Kathmandu on January 23 this year. The throat swab samples of a China-returnee 32-year-old student were, however, sent to the Hong Kong-based WHO laboratory for further confirmation. The second lab to start PCR test services in Nepal was the lab at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) in Dharan. The government expanded the number of PCR labs across the country on March 29. By April 1, the total number of RT-PCR tests in the country reached as many as 1,145. The total number of people undergoing the tests climbed to 11,524 on April 29.
Nepal witnessed 1,513 cases, 731 recoveries, and 10 fatalities linked to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said on Tuesday afternoon. While sharing the country’s national update on the COVID-19 situation, spokesperson for the MoHP, Jageshwar Gautam said that 1,513 new cases of COVID-19 were detected through 10,891 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted at various laboratories across the country in the past one day. The Kathmandu Valley alone saw 934 cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This is the highest single-day spike of cases of coronavirus in the Valley as of today. There are currently 20,296 active cases of coronavirus across the country, according to Spokesperson Gautam.
Padmashree Sahitya Puraskar and Padmashree Sadhana Samman, two famous literary awards in Nepal, have been cancelled for this year. The Khemlal-Harikala Lamichhane Samaaj Kalyan Pratisthan on Sunday had announced that it would confer this year’s Padmashree Sahitya Puraskar and the Padmashree Sadhana Samman upon novelist Dr Sanjeev Uprety and litterateur Modanath Prashrit, respectively. However, Uprety decided not to receive the award amid social media uproar against Prashrit who has been facing a rape charge for a long time. Prashrit, who is also a former education minister, has been portrayed as a brutal rapist in an autobiography 'Dharatal' authored by Sharada Bhushal.