As of 24 August, Nepal has a total of 32,678 Covid-19 infections of which 13,723 are active cases. The rate of active cases in Nepal stands at 41.2%, which is the highest in South Asia. The recovery rate has gradually dropped from 73% in July to 58% now, which is because most new cases are symptomatic, or patients serious enough to need ICU care.
The number of fatalities due to SARS-CoV-2 has more than doubled in the past three weeks, and now stands at 157. Hospitals have run out of beds for the seriously ill, and ventilators are not where they are needed. There are 155 ICU cases across the country with the highest in Bagmati province at 70, which also has all 10 ventilator support patients.
Kathmandu Valley is now the Covid-18 hotspot with 2,975 active cases and has been reporting more than 100 cases on a daily basis for the past 18 days. In fact, the Valley has been beating its own record of the highest daily rise each day.
With 2,545 patients, Kathmandu district also has the largest active cases in Nepal. Koteswor, Maharajganj, Kalanki, Sorhakhutte, Baneswor and Mahaboudha areas have registered the highest infections whereas Baneswor and Mahabaudha account for the most deaths in the capital city.
Of Nepal’s 77 districts, 41 have more than 200 cases with highest infections (in descending order) in Kathmandu, Parsa, Rautahat, Kailali, Sarlahi, Morang, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Kapilvastu, Dailekh, Doti, Banke, Accham, Dang and Rupandehi districts.