Kathmandu, April 25

Twenty-eight COVID patients have died in the past 24 hours across Nepal, taking the death toll from the respiratory contagion to 3,164, the health ministry said today.

It is not only the number of deaths that have increased in a single day, but intraday cases too have been increasing at an alarming rate. Health authorities today diagnosed 3,032 new cases of coronavirus infection across the country, including 1,498 cases in Kathmandu valley. With this, Nepal's COVID caseload has reached 300,119, including 277,573 recoveries and 19,382 active cases.

Of those testing positive for the contagion in the valley today, 1,132 are from Kathmandu, 270 from Lalitpur, and 96 from Bhaktapur.

Of the others diagnosed with the disease today, 353 are from Banke, 209 from Rupandehi, 118 from Surkhet, 110 from Morang, 105 from Kaski, 79 from Parsa, 49 from Dang, 37 from Bardiya, 30 from Bara, 27 from Baglung, 24 from Kavrepalanchowk, 23 from Jhapa, 22 from Kapilvastu, 19 each from Dhanusha, Rautahat, and Baitadi, 18 from Mustang, 15 from Palpa, 14 each from Nawalparasi (East), and Kailali, 12 each from Sunsari and Syangja, 11 from Dailekh, 10 each from Chitwan and Salyan, nine each from Ramechhap and Sindhupalchowk, eight each from Siraha, Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Gorkha, and Myagdi, seven each from Okhaldhunga, Dolakha, and Arghakhanchi, six each from Saptari, Sarlahi, Dhading, Nuwakot, and Gulmi, five each from Ilam, Sankhuwasabha, and Dadeldhura, four from Pyuthan, three each from Udayapur, Khotang, Dhankuta, Parbat, Kalikot, Jumla and Rukum (West), two each from Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Rukum (East), Rolpa, Jajarkot, Dolpa, Kanchanpur, and Darchula, and one each from Tehrathum, Panchthar, Bhojpur, Mahottari, Nawalparasi (East), Lamjung, Humla, Achham, Doti, and Bajura.

Morang, Parsa, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kaski, Dang, Banke, and Rupandehi districts have more than 500 active COVID cases.

Of those testing positive for COVID in Nepal today, 278 are below the age of 20, including 62 children aged below 10 years. The highest number of cases - 795 - were reported in the age group 20-29 today.

As many as 90 people entering Nepal via India border tested positive for antigens today.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 252 COVID patients were under intensive care - 127 in Bagmati, 64 in Lumbini, 21 in Province 1, 16 in Karnali, 10 in Sudurpaschim, nine in Province 2, five in Gandaki. As many as 65 of them are on ventilator support - 44 in Bagmati, 16 in Lumbini, four in Sudurpaschim, and one in Gandaki.

The ministry said 450 people were discharged from hospitals in Nepal in the past 24 hours after recovering from COVID. So far, 92.5 per cent of COVID patients have recovered in Nepal.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.