With the addition of 90 new cases on Tuesday, Nepal’s total COVID-19 cases jumped to 772, a senior official of Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said.
It is the largest ever single day spike in COVID-19 cases in the Himalayan country. Earlier, the largest single day spike was reported on May 13 when the Nepali government confirmed 83 new cases.
The largest number of cases was reported in southwestern Kapilvastu district where a two-year-old girl and other 23 men aged 19-55 years tested positive for the coronavirus. The second largest number of cases was reported in southeastern Rautahat district on Tuesday as 23 people from the district tested positive for the virus, Bikas Devkota, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, told a regular press conference on Tuesday.
As the number of cases in the country is rising rapidly, Devkota appealed to people whose samples are collected to provide their proper address, both permanent and temporary, to ensure timely contact tracing of those who come into contact with infected people.
As the number of cases is rising rapidly, the Nepali government is preparing to increase testing for the virus. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said on Monday that the government planned to increase testing among 2 percent of the population, which is around 600,000 out the nearly 30 million.
The Himalayan country has so far reported four deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.