Nepal’s COVID-19 cases reach 444

KATHMANDU, May 21: The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed 17 news infections on Thursday taking Nepal’s total coronavirus to 444.

According to a press release issued by the Assistant Spokesperson at the ministry Dr. Sameer Kumar Adhikari, 15 males (aged 18, 18, 19, 19, 22, 23, 23, 25, 26, 26, 28, 30, 32, 37 and 46) from Kachankawal rural municipality-3,6,8 of Jhapa district; a 34-year-old male from Dhankuta; and a 51-year-old female from Dharan sub-metropolitan of Sunsari have tested positive for the virus.

“Their health condition is normal and are in contact with the health workers,” the release adds.

With 15 new cases in a single day, Jhapa now becomes the sixth most affected district by the pandemic. Banke is the worst-affected district with 99 cases, followed by Parsa with 91 cases, Kapilvastu with 59 cases, Udayapur with 33 cases, Rupendahi with 28 cases and Rautahat with 22 cases.

The pandemic has killed two in Nepal.