Covid-19 second wave continues to batter Nepal; active cases cross 83,000-mark as 8,418 fresh cases recorded

497 fatalities reported in 15 days

Nepali paramedics treat a COVID-19 patient outside an emergency ward of a government run hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo: AP)

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Kathmandu: Nepal has recorded 8,418 cases of Covid-19, including 8,297 from RT-PCR tests and 131 from antigen tests, as the second wave of the pandemic rages across the country.

A total of 53 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours. So far, the death toll from the infection has hit 3,632, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

The huge spike in deaths and cases comes amid 69 districts across Nepal including federal capital Kathmandu under prohibitory order to curb the spread of the virus. In the past 24 hours, Kathmandu Valley recorded 3,113 fresh cases— Kathmandu district saw 2,270 cases, Lalitpur 462, and Bhaktapur 381.

Meanwhile, 289,765 people have recovered from the disease till date after 3,370 recovered in the past 24 hours and the country has 83,493 active cases.  This means that the Covid-19 recovery rate has dropped to 77.4 percent, according to Health Ministry.

Similarly, 398 are at the quarantine facility.

Death toll going up

The death toll has increasing as Covid-19 surge continues across Nepal. Nepal recorded 497 fatalities in 15 days.

On April 24, the country witnessed 2,619 Covid-19 cases and 14 deaths, 28 deaths were reported on April 25, 12 on April 26, 18 on April 27, 17 on April 28, 35 on April 29 and 33 on April 30.

Source: Health Ministry

Likewise, the country saw 19 fatalities on May 1, 14 on May 2, 37 on May 3, 55 on May 4, 58 on May 5, 54 on May 6, 50 on May 7 and 53 deaths on May 8.