As many as 23 staff members of the Nepal Police, currently stationed in Naxal, Kathmandu, were screened positive for Coronavirus on Tuesday.
Nepal Police spokesperson Niraj Bahadur Shahi reported the infection of 23 officers and staff.
Earlier on Sunday, four other police staffers at the headquarters had tested COVID-positive. The new 23 cases were detected while tracing their contracts. It has been learned that most of the infected cases include drivers, mechanics, and kitchen workers.
“Now, they will be admitted to the Armed Police Force Hospital in Balambu,” Shahi says.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Population has informed that the country’s Covid-19 tally has reached 19,063 as of Monday afternoon.
In his daily press briefing in Kathmandu, the ministry’s spokesperson Jageshwor Gautam said 311 new cases were confirmed in the country in the past 24 hours. In this period, 5,032 swab samples were tested. So far, over 352,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in Nepal.
Of the total cases so far, 13,875 people have achieved recovery whereas 48 died, according to him. In the past 24 hours, 121 people have been discharged whereas three died. One of the victims confirmed in the past 24 hours is an Indian national.
Nepal’s current recovery rate is around 72.8 per cent. The other 5,139 cases are active currently.
The disease has spread across all 77 districts of the country. Of them, Rautahat, and Kailali have more than 500 active cases each. Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Rasuwa, Mustang, and Manang do not have any active case.
Over 15,300 people are quarantined across the country, waiting to be tested.