By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Jan. 20: Nepal’s COVID-19 recovery tally rose to 262,259 on Tuesday with 441 patients recovering from the virus in the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) confirmed 348 new infections and four new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours. The national recovery rate now stands at 97.9 per cent, according to MoHP. With today’s new cases, the national COVID-19 caseload has reached 267,992, according to the latest MoHP tally. Of the 4,956 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted in the last 24 hours across 82 RT-PCR Testing laboratories in the country, 348 persons, including 129 females and 219 males, were found infected with the COVID-19, according to the MoHP daily situation update report. Of today’s new cases, 218 were reported in Kathmandu Valley’s three districts. Meanwhile, with four more COVID-19 related fatalities confirmed in the last 24 hours, Nepal’s COVID-19 death toll reached 1,969 today. Currently, there are 3,764 active cases of COVID-19 and 119 persons are placed in quarantine. Among the total active cases, 884 are in institutional isolation across the seven states, 161 patients are being treated in the intensive care units (ICU) of hospitals, and 35 are receiving treatment with ventilator support. Also, as per the latest district-wise data of MoHP, only one district - Kathmandu - has over 500 active cases of infected people while four districts - Solukhumbu, Kalikot, Mugu, and Rukum (West) - have zero active cases.