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The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan delivered supplies to Afghan police forces in Panjshir and Parwan provinces in a bid to help the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“Afghan National Police in #Panjshir and #Parwan Provinces received supplies to battle the COVID19 epidemic and stop the spread with assistance from NATO’s Resolute Support mission, April 9,” the Resolute Support mission said in a statement.
The statement further “ANDSF partners are distributing these supplies to more than 3,000 police officers across both provinces so they can protect themselves while providing security for eastern Afghanistan.”
According to Resolute Support mission, the shipment included nearly 7,000 disposable masks, more than 8,300 pairs of gloves, cleaning supplies and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
“Resolute Support continues to provide assistance and support for our Afghan security partners and we stand behind them as they ensure security for the Afghan people,” the statement added.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says at least 60 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the country during the past 24 hours.
The Minister of Health, Firuzuddin Firuz stated that with the registration of the new cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country reaches 993.
According to the Health Minister, 31 of the new cases were reported from Kabul.
This comes as the death toll from the coronavirus in the country reaches 32 and the number of recovered patients reaches 131.
Officials at the Public Health department in Herat province say at least four new cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the province during the past 24 hours.
The spokesman of Herat Public Health Department, Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai said that 48 suspected samples of the coronavirus were tested during the past 24 hours which 4 of them confirmed positive.
According to Sherzai, the new cases include one man and three women.
He added that the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the Herat province reached 328 with 7 deaths and 69 recovered patients.
About 500 Pakistanis, including women and children, who were stranded in Afghanistan due to coronavirus lockdown, have reached the country via the Torkham border, officials said on Saturday.
Deputy Commissioner, Khyber, Mehmood Aslam Wazir told The News that the Torkham border was opened on the second day to facilitate stranded Pakistanis. Additional Assistant Commissioner, Landikotal, Shamsul Islam was present at the Torkham border. Mehmood Aslam said the district administration facilitated the return of the 500 Pakistanis, including women and children, who had stuck in Afghanistan. He said the returning families were sent to the quarantine centres in Jamrud tehsil in Khyber district. He said the district administration was providing facilities to them.
The official said tests of all returnees would be conducted to determine whether or not they suffered from coronavirus. He said those who tested negative for the coronavirus would be sent to their respective areas where they must be quarantined for 14 days. He said the coronavirus positive persons would be admitted to hospitals.
An Indian ship carrying a major consignment of 75,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan arrived at Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar, a report said.
“251 containers carrying the first consignment of 5,022 MT of wheat out of a total gift of 75,000 MT from India to Afghanistan set sail from the Kandla port to the Chabahar port on Sunday. The remaining consignments will follow in the weeks ahead. India is gifting 500,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine to Afghanistan for health professionals and COVID-19 positive cases,” the Embassy of India in Kabul said recently in a post on social media.
The director general of Ports and Maritime Department of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Behrouz Aqaei, confirmed that the cargo had arrived at the port and will be delivered to Afghanistan via land.
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Tehran Abdul Ghafoor Liwal, who visited Chabahar port concurrent with the arrival of the Indian shipment, voiced his country’s gratitude for both Iran and India and expressed hope that the shipment would be transferred to his country as soon as possible.