KATHMANDU, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has now spread in all 77 districts of Nepal as cases in the Himalayan country surpassed 12,000, a senior official of Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said.
"After nine new cases were identified in Rasuwa, the last remaining district unaffected by pandemic in the last 24 hours, all the districts of the country have now been affected by the COVID-19," Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the ministry said at a regular press briefing on Saturday.
On Saturday, Nepali government reported 554 new cases as the number of cases reached 12,309. Nepal has been witnessing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases since May.
After the Nepali government relaxed the lockdown on June 10, allowing most of the economic activities to resume, the cases nearly tripled. Until June 10, Nepal had 4,364 cases.
After the COVID-19 cases surpassed 10,000, the pandemic in Nepal has entered the worst case scenario as defined by the Nepali government.
During such a scenario, the Nepali government could declare a health disaster, pull all the confirmed mild cases of COVID-19 into home isolation and call for enhanced international humanitarian support. Nepal's health ministry has submitted a proposal to the cabinet to declare a health disaster on which the decision has not been taken yet.
"We are preparing infrastructure and test kits considering the possible infections for 30,000," Sameer Kumar Adhikari, joint spokesperson at the health ministry, told Xinhua early this week.
However, Nepali officials said that the country has not yet seen large-scale community transmission of COVID-19 as cases are largely confined among people who came back from abroad and most of them have been housed in quarantine centers.
Dr. Basudev Pandey, director at Epidemiology and Disease Control Division told at a press meet early this week that 95 percent of infections have taken place among the Nepalis who returned home from abroad, particularly from India. Enditem