Nepal’s coronavirus cases cross 5000, death toll reaches 16

COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal

KATHMANDU, June 12: Nepal on Friday reported a record single-day spike in the number of infections as the coronavirus cases crossed 5,000.

Ministry Spokesperson Dr. Jageshwar Gautam, during a daily press briefing, confirmed 448 new infections, taking Nepal’s total to 5,062. Of them, 424 are fames and 24 are females.

Of the today infected confirmed at various laboratories across the country, 86 cases are from Rautahat, 57 are from Sarlahi, 45 are from Surkhet, 38 are from Dailekh, 28 are from Dhading, 22 are from Syangja, 17 are from Saptari, 16 each from Rupandehi and Mahottari, 15 each from Bardiya and Dhanusha, 13 each from Parbat and Jhapa, 11 are from Siraha, 10 are from Sunsari, nine are from Nawalparasi east, eight each from Chitwan and Dang, four are from Kapilvastu, three each from Udaypur and Morang, two each from, Arghakhanchi, Pyuthan and Nawalparasi West and one each from Ilam, Tanahu, Banke, Gulmi, Palpa, Bara, Nuwakot and Kathmandu, according to Gautam.

Of the total infected, 4709 are males and 353 are females.

Gautam also confirmed one more casualty today, as the virus death toll in the country climbed to 16.

A 57-year old male from Malarani rural municipality-4 of Arghakhanchi district, who died on Wednesday, has tested positive for the virus.

“He suffered from breathing complications while staying in a quarantine facility set up at a school and was taken to Lumbini Provincial Hospital. He died while returning from the hospital on Wednesday,” said Gautam.

“His swab samples were sent to Provincial Public Health Laboratory in Bhairahawa. He tested positive on Thursday,” he added.

He had returned from Maharastra of India 12 days ago.

A total of 877 patients have recovered so far.