Over 17 per cent Nepali people have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus as of Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

MoHP stated that 6,057,192 people (19.9 per cent) have taken their first dose of various anti-COVID vaccines and 5,473,151 people (17.52 per cent) have been fully vaccinated so far. The government plans to inoculate 33 per cent of population by mid-October.

Currently, Nepal government had been providing AstraZeneca, Vero Cell and or Johnson & Johnson vaccines to citizens free of cost. As per MoHP, as many as 110,899 people were vaccinated on Thursday alone.

Meanwhile, healthcare authorities confirmed 1,165 cases of coronavirus infection and 11 deaths due to the virus in the country on Thursday.

Of the 430 that tested positive for the contagion in the Kathmandu Valley, 293 were from Kathmandu, 98 from Lalitpur, and 39 from Bhaktapur.

With this, Nepal’s COVID caseload has reached 781,989, including 745,215 recoveries, 25,772 active cases, and 11,002 deaths.

Morang, Jhapa, Sunsari, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Kavrepalanchowk, Kaski, and Rupandehi have more than 500 active COVID cases each. The number of active COVID cases in Kathmandu valley is 6,470 — 3,590 in Kathmandu, 1,822 in Lalitpur, and 1,058 in Bhaktapur.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 1,689 people were discharged from health centers across the country in the past 24 hours after recovering from COVID. So far, 95.3 per cent of COVID patients have recovered in Nepal.