288 more test positive for virus, Nepal’s COVID-19 cases cross 2,000


KATHMANDU, June 2: The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed 288 infections on Tuesday as Nepal’s total COVID-19 cases climbed to 2099. Of the infected persons, 1949 are males and 150 are females.

Spokesperson at the ministry, Bikas Devkota, during a regular press briefing shared that of the total cases confirmed today, 74 are from Rautahat, 27 are from Surkhet, 21 are from Sarlahi, 18 from Salyan, 17 each from Banke, Dang and Siraha, 16 from Kapilvastu, 10 each from Aacham, Kailali and Rupandehi, nine from Dailekh, eight from Kanchanpur, six from Dhanusha, five each from Syangja and Parbat, four from Kathmandu, three from Bardiya, two each from Mahottari and Nuwakot and one each from Saptari, Bara, Pyuthan, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Nawalparasi east and Nawalparasi west.

The virus has now spread to 61 districts after Parbat (Gandaki Province) and Pyuthan (Province 5) became the latest districts to report the infection. With this, the virus has now affected seven districts and infected 37 people in Gandaki. Likewise, in Province 5, 699 people have been infected across 11 districts.

Province 2 is the worst-hit state with 816 cases. In Sudurpaschim as well, the virus has spread to all its nine districts infecting 73 people. Karnali has 252 cases in five districts, Province 1 has 168 cases in 168 districts and Bagmati has 54 cases in 12 districts.

This is the second day in a row, Nepal has reported over 200 cases and record spike in the number of infections. On Monday, the ministry had confirmed 239 cases.

The number of cases in the country has now doubled from 1000 to 2099 in just five days. On May 28, a total of 1042 cases were confirmed and more than 86,000 were in quarantine.

According to Devkota, more than 145,000 people are in quarantine at present. Three weeks ago, only 102 cases were recorded and about 15,000 people were in quarantine.