Why Covid-19 Cases Are Rising In Nepal?

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The graph of Covid-19 has been rising since the last week. In an alarming case, Nepal recorded 457 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday.

Similarly, the number of active cases that stood at 678 on Asar 26 has climbed to 1,776 on Shrawan 2.

Since the mid-week of Asar, the infection rate has steadily increased. According to reports, there were 168 new cases of Covid-19 on Asar 27, 177 new cases on Asar 28, 206 new cases on Asar 29, 260 new cases on Asar 30, and 229 new cases on Asar 31. In the same way, 135 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported on Shrawan 1 and 205 new cases on Asar 32. The infection rate has increased from 0.5 percent to 9.82 percent at this time. Kathmandu has over 500 active cases of COVID-19. 

The open Indo-Nepal border

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Health experts believe that the number of active and new cases of Covid-19 in Nepal increased in tandem with the rate of infection in India.

Covid-19 infection is on the rise in India. Thousands of people are crossing the Nepal-India border into Nepal. The infection has been detected in those who enter Nepal through those points. Those individuals are spreading the infection, as per the doctors.

According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), many people traveling from India to Nepal are testing positive for coronavirus, implying that the majority of these cases may have been infected by the new variants. The border between Nepal and India accounts for approximately 35% of coronavirus cases.

BA5: A new variant

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BA5, a sub-variant of Omicron, was discovered in Nepal through gene sequencing research. This sub-variant is highly infectious. BA.5 is believed for causing a surge in new cases.

According to public health experts, the new variant is affecting even those who have been vaccinated. Recent research suggests that the Omicron infection rate was 12. BA.5 has an infection rate of 18. This means that a single person infected with BA.5 can infect up to 18 people. However, the doctors predict that the next wave won’t be dangerous as the past three waves thanks to the booster dose.

Doctors advise people to stop being careless and start following public health protocols put in place by the government during the first three waves.

Nepalese people are seen undergoing Covid-19 tests only when their workplace requires it or when they need to travel abroad. As a result, only a few tests are performed, resulting in the detection of fewer cases.

As people’s and businesses’ daily lives return to normal, the general public is seen largely defying Covid-19 safety protocols, potentially triggering the next wave of Covid-19 infection in the coming days.

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Jenish Shrestha
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