The rate of coronavirus infection has stabilized and decreased to some extent in the recent days in Nepal.

The second wave of COVID-19 reached a high point in the second week of May and began to gradually decline. Statistics show that the infection rate has been steadily declining since the second week of August.

Looking at the statistics of the last 12 days, the rate of infection confirmation has declined and the rate of transmission from one person to another is also less than that of India.

However, the death rate due to the respiratory contagion is still high. In India, the rate is currently one per 3 million, while the number stands at one per one million in Nepal.

A further 1,516 people tested positive for COVID on Saturday and 27 died, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

As per the Ministry’s data on Saturday afternoon, the new infections were confirmed from 9,409 PCR tests, while 341 people tested positive for antigens.

At present, Nepal’s infection rate stands at 14 percent. As of Saturday evening, a total of 758,008 people have been infected in Nepal and the death toll has reached 10,690.

Currently, there are 36,866 active COVID cases across the country. Of these, 33,835 are at home and the rest are in institutional isolation.

Similarly, 615 people who fell seriously ill due to the infection are admitted in the ICU of various hospitals across the country. Of them, 174 are on ventilators.

More than 500 people are actively infected in 20 districts — Morang, Jhapa, Sunsari, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Chitwan, Makawanpur, Kavrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Nawalparasi East, Kaski, Baglung, Gorkha, Syangja, Tanahun, Dang, Rupandehi, and Surkhet — each as of Saturday evening.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 2,222 people recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 710,452. The recovery rate is 93.7 per cent.

However, though the number of infected people has decreased, the number of confirmed cases in the Kathmandu Valley is still higher than elsewhere.

Of the total 36,866 active cases across the country, Kathmandu valley has 9,278 cases with the number of infections standing at 5,583 in Kathmandu, 1,440 in Bhaktapur and 2,255 in Lalitpur.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of people who have been fully vaccinated in Nepal has exceeded 4 million by Saturday afternoon.

Similarly, more than 5 million people have been vaccinated with the first shot, according to the ministry.

So far, AstraZeneca, Vero Cell and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being used by Nepal government. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose as opposed to the other two jabs that require booster doses.