KATHMANDU, May 17: Nepal’s coronavirus cases has soared to 375 on Monday after 18 more people were tested positive.
According to a press release issued by the Assistant Spokesperson at the Health and Population Ministry, Dr. Sameer Kumar Adhikari, 12 males from Banke, two males from Dhanusha, one male each from Khotang, Dailekh, Sunari and have tested positive for the virus.
BANKE THE HOTSPOT
The ministry earlier today had confirmed 62 new cases (total 80)–the second-highest number of infections ever reported in Nepal. The highest number of cases recorded in a single day was 83 on May 12.
Of today’s 80 cases, 59 are in Banke alone, making the district in Province 5 in mid-western Nepal, a hotspot with total 93 cases and one death, also the second fatality of the country. Earlier, the ministry had confirmed 47 cases in the district.
The first death was reported in Sindhupalchok on May 16, the district’s first and only case.
Parsa is the second worst-hit district with 91 cases, followed by Kapilvastu with 42 cases. Rautahat is becoming another worst-hit district after nine infections were found today alone, taking the total in the district to 22. Likewise, Udayapur is the fourth most affected area with 33 cases. Rupandehi has 28 cases so far.
The virus has now spread to 34 districts after Gulmi and Dailekh today became the latest districts to report their first infections.