World Nepal revises coronavirus death toll
Coronavirus: Increase in the number of patients in hospital and in shifts
In total, 3,371 patients are hospitalized in intensive care units EPIDEMIC - In total, 3,371 patients are hospitalized in intensive care units The number of patients with Covid-19 hospitalized, as well as that of patients in intensive care, was on the rise, and therefore remains at a high level, according to figures released Monday by the health authorities. Hospitals received 26,478 patients with Covid-19, including 1,431 who arrived in the past 24 hours.
Nepal on Wednesday added 619 deaths -- an almost 30 percent rise -- to its coronavirus toll, blaming a numbers discrepancy between different government branches.
The toll jumped to 2,684 dead after the health ministry added 618 fatalities from last year and one new death in its daily report.
Ministry spokesman Jageshwor Gautam told AFP the extra dead had all been Covid-19 patients who died outside hospitals before mid-December last year.
"Home deaths had not been properly accounted for in the ministry's data, but the army was disposing of the bodies," Gautam said.
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"We examined the numbers we had with that of the army and the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center and corrected the total."
Investigations took place because of a mismatch in numbers from the three branches of government.
Nepal was the first South Asian country to report a coronavirus case in January last year -- a student who had returned from Wuhan in China, the initial epicentre of the pandemic.
The country went into lockdown in March after a second case was confirmed.
In May, a 29-year-old new mother was the first patient in Nepal to die.
Infections and deaths surged after the lockdown was lifted in the nation of 29 million people in July, with new daily cases rising above 5,000.
Numbers have since significantly come down, with just over 100 cases on average each day and five deaths so far this week.
Nepal began a vaccination drive in January after receiving one million doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield from India. It has ordered another two million doses.
Australia's World Cup meeting with Nepal moved to June .
Australia's World Cup meeting with Nepal moved to JuneHONG KONG (Reuters) - Australia's qualifying clash for the 2022 World Cup against Nepal has been moved from March to June due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.