Nepal reports first Covid-19 death

The first person who died of Covid-19 in Nepal has been cremated at Pashupati Aryaghat on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Photo courtesy: Sajana Bajracharya

Kathmandu, May 17

Health officials of Nepal have said that a woman who died on Thursday night with some respiratory problems at Dhulikhel Hospital of Kavre tested positive for coronavirus in a polymerase chain reaction test at a Kathmandu lab.

Late on Saturday evening, the Ministry of Health and Population said it was the first case of death “related to the Covid-19” in Nepal.

The 29-year-old woman from Bahrabise, Sindhupalchok, but temporarily residing in Tokha of Kathmandu, had gone to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu on May 5  for delivery. After the delivery the next day, she was discharged on May 7. However, back home in Sindhupalchok, she started experiencing breathing problems and was then taken to Dhulikhel for treatment.

The ministry said the woman had died on her way to the hospital.

The Dhulikhel-based facility, then, had collected swab samples of the woman and sent them to the National Public Health Laboratory for the coronavirus test.

Meanwhile, the woman was cremated at Pashupati Aryaghat in Kathmandu on Saturday night.

Infection tally hits 281

With the confirmation of three additional infection cases including the deceased woman, the national coronavirus infection tally reached 281 as of 8:50 pm on Saturday, according to the ministry’s joint spokesperson Sameer Kumar Adhikari.

Two new cases have been reported from Dhanusha district.

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