COVID-19: Daily update from Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population

Dr. Bikash Devkota, Speaker for the Ministry of Health and Population appeared on Facebook Live for the day’s media briefing. Here are a few updates:

Total no. of tests done: 1133
No. of tests in past 24 hours:73

No. of people in isolation: 99
(on suspicion of coronavirus, tests either yet to be done, or results are awaited)

Contact Tracing: 

84% complete of the four confirmed cases.

Testing Machines: 

Dharan: 12 tests.
Pokhara: 4 tests.
Dhangadhi: Being installed
Janakpur: Being installed
Butwal: Being installed
Surkhet: Being installed

Bara Incident:

Responding to media reports about a patient’s death enroute Bara to Kathmandu, the MoHP spokesperson said he was a patient of ‘trauma’, and was ‘infected’. A trauma patient is someone who has suffered a serious or life threatening injury as a result of an event such as a car accident or fall.  The spokesperson did not specify the injury.

Mobile App:

As per the mobile app launched by MoHP, 2300 people have registered their symptoms – of the 2,300 the MoHP believes 12 cases whose symptoms match with those of coronavirus – the MoHP has said they will test them in the near future.

Disclaimer: All information relayed as said by the spokesperson of MoHP.