By Keshab Raj Poudel, Kathmandu, Nov. 19: Recording the highest number of infections, Bagmati Province has become the most affected Province from COVID-19 whereas Karnali is the least affected one.
According to Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, joint spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Bagmati Province had been hit hard by the pandemic in recent times.
Nepal, as of Wednesday evening, has recorded 212,717 cases of COVID-19 including, 28,878 active patients, 82,180 recoveries and 1,259 fatalities.
According to Adhikari, a total of 14 districts have over 500 active cases of which, Bagmati Province has the highest number of active cases.
According to the Ministry, of the 14 districts, there are more than 500 active patients in Jhapa, Morang and Sunasri of Province 1. Some 3,190 COVID-19 infected patients are receiving treatment while 164 have succumbed to COVID-19 in the Province. "The Province's COVID-19 tally stands at 24,398 of which 21,124 have already recovered from the infection," said joint spokesperson Adhikari.
Currently, there are 41 active patients in Illam, 107 in Udayapur, 40 in Okhaldhunga, 34 in Khotang, 743 in Japa, 26 in Taplejung, 34 in Terhathum, 45 in Dhankuta, 42 in Panchthar, 28 in Bhojpur, 1,120 in Morang, 35 in Samkhuwasabha, 715 in Sunsari and 20 in Solukhumbu. The ministry informed that majority of the patients were placed in home isolation.
In eight districts of Province-2, none of the district is hosting over 500 active cases of COVID-19. Infection rate in Sate-2, which once used to be the hotspot of COVID-19 has been decreasing gradually, said the MoHP. Province-2's COVID-19 tally is at 19,432 of which 18,583 have already recovered and 171 have succumbed to the infection. Currently, there are only 678 active cases of COVID-19 in the Province.
Meanwhile, Bagmati Province has become the COVID-19 hotspot of late. The infection rate is very high in the Province as it has recorded 115,785 cases of COVID-19 until now of which 97,104 have already recovered. Currently there are 18,054 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Bagmati. The Province has recorded 627 COVID-19 related deaths until now.
In Bagmati Province, Kathmandu has been adversely affected by the Kathmandu. Currently, there are 12,772 active cases of COVID-19 in Kathmandu itself while 598 are in Kavrepalanchowk, 1,062 in Bhaktapur, 607 in Chitwan, 167 in Dolakha, 127 in Dhading, 247 in Nuwakot, 348 in Makhwanpur, 21 in Rasuwa, 35 in Ramechhap, 2,056 in Lalitpur, 141 in Sindhupalchowk and 65in Sindhuli.
Likewise, the infection rate in Gandaki Sate with 11 districts is has also been increasing. Gandaki has recorded 12,522 cases of COVID-19 until now including 9,819 cases of recoveries and 75 fatalities. There are 2,628 active cases of COVID-19 in Gandaki. Kaski district is the most affected district of the Province with 1,248 active cases. In other districts, the number of active patients is less than 500.
Currently, there are 219 active cases of COVID-19 in Gorkha, 253 in Tanahun, 412 in Nawalparasi (East), 96 in Parbat, nil in Manang, 18 in Mustang, 36 in Myagdi, 88 in Lamjung, 112 in Baglung and 146 in Syangja.
Likewise, three out of 12 districts, Dang, Palpa and Rupandehi, of Lumbini Sate have more than 500 active COVID-19 patients. The Sate's COVID-19 tally is at 23,994 with 20,303 recoveries and 175 fatalities. There are 3,186 active cases in the Province of which 78 are in Arghakhanchi, 150 in Kapilvastu, 133 in Gulmi, 615 in Dang, 169 in Nawalparasi, 550 in Palpa, 45 in Pyuthan, 164 in Bardiya, 305 in Banke, five in Rukum (East), 920 in Rupandehi and 62 in Rolpa.
Neither of the districts in Karnali Province has reported over 500 active cases of COVID-19 until now. There are 200 active cases of COVID-19 in the district. Of the 5,950 total infections recorded by the Province, 5,735 have recovered from the infection while 15 succumbed to it. Of the active infections, one is in Kalikot, three in Jajarkot, 37 in Jumla, four in Dolpa, 45 in Dailekh, three in Mugu, 14 in Rukum (West), 28 in Salyan, 60 in Surkhet and five are in Humla. In the present scenario, Karnali Province is the safest and least affected Province in Nepal.
Moreover, in Sudurpaschim Province with nine districts, there are 1,022 active cases of COVID-19. The Province's COVID-19 tally is at 11,166 of which 10,112 have already recovered. Some 12 persons died of the infection in the Province. Of the nine districts, there are 23 active cases in Achchham, 156 in Kanchanpur, 626 in Kailali, 61 in Dadeldhura, 17 in Doti, 20 in Darchula, 61 in Bajhang, 14 in Bajura and 44 are in Baitadi.