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Nepal reports 224 new cases of COVID-19

(Mugu district headquarters in Gamgadhi Bazaar, 31 July, 2020. Photo: Nripendra Bahadur Malla-RSS)

KATHMANDU:- A total of 224 persons are identified positive for COVID-19 in the country on Friday. With this, the total number of the infected persons reached 19,771.
Meanwhile, the number of home returnees after recovery has reached 72.8 per cent. According to Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Jageshwar Gautam, four infected person died of COVID-19 in last 24 hours in the country.
All deceased are from Birgunj. With this, death toll reached 56. Dr Gautam added that a total 5,316 are active cases now. Similarly, 12,111 people are staying in different quarantines across the country. On Friday, 151 persons returned home after complete recovery while 14,399 have returned so home so far. The death caused by COVID-19 in one million population is recorded 1.9 per cent in Nepal.
Six districts have no new cases of COVID-19 namely Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Rasuwa, Kavrepalanchowk, Manang and Mustang. Gautam shared that the Ministry recently took cognizance about a big gathering held in Kathmandu and Siraha and said it was worrying.
“The Ministry humbly requests all political parties, organizations and groups not to organize any programmes and gathering at the time of pandemic like this,” Gautam said. He expressed his displeasure over the non-compliance of safety measures in Kathmandu Valley in the wake lockdown lifted to ease public life.
According to him, strictness was not observed in many entry points and check points. He shared that among the 21 Nepalis returning from India to home district Okhaldunga, 18 had tested positive for COVID-19. So far more than 200,000 people had faced action from the police for not wearing masks. The Ministry has urged one and all to take safety measures such as use of masks and sanitizer and maintenance of physical distance.

Published Date: Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 10:07 AM

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