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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says 361 new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the country during the past 24 hours.
The deputy of MoPH, Wahid Majroh in a press conference on Saturday said that with the registration 361 new cases of the coronavirus in the country, the total number reaches 4,402.
According to Majroh, at least five patients infected with the coronavirus have died during the past 24 hours and 65 others have recovered.
This comes as the total number of recovered patients in the country reaches 558 and the death toll rises to 120.
Afghan health authorities say 59 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in Herat province during the past 24 hours.
The spokesman of Herat Public Health Department, Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai said that 142 suspected samples of the coronavirus were tested during the past 24 hours which 52 of them confirmed positive.
According to him, the new cases include 44 men and 15 women.
This comes as the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Herat reaches 894 with 174 recovered patients and 20 deaths.
Afghan local officials have confirmed that at least six prisoners have been infected with the coronavirus in the central jail of the Nangarhar province.
The Nangarhar governor’s press office has confirmed that the prisoners infected with the coronavirus.
According to the governor of Nangarhar, Shah Mahmood Mia Khail of the seven suspected samples of the coronavirus, six of them were confirmed positive.
The governor noted that the health conditions of the prisoners are satisfactory and are self-isolated in a special place.
He cited that 12 other prisoners are also suspected of contracting the virus who are separately quarantined and are concerned under treatment.
This comes as at least 8 cases of the coronavirus were registered in the province during the past 24 hours and the total number of confirmed cases in Nangarhar reaches 162.
The Chabahar port is playing a key role in India’s efforts to provide humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Afghanistan amid the Covid-19 crisis, people familiar with developments said.
“Chabahar port continues to be operational and this is our conduit for assistance to Afghanistan,” one of the people cited above said on condition of anonymity.
India has made a commitment to supply 75,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, of which 5000 tonnes was shipped via Chabahar last month, while another 10,000 tonnes was despatched to the Iranian port Thursday, the people said.
The Chabahar port, for whose development a tripartite agreement has been signed by New Delhi, Kabul and Tehran, was granted a waiver from US sanctions in view of its importance for Afghanistan.
The Commission for Combating the Outbreak of the Coronavirus in Balkh Province has announced that the lockdown restrictions in the province are eased for the next 10 days only for exceptional cases.
The Balkh governor’s office said in a statement that the government’s aid to the poor had been limited in the province due to rising problems during the 40-day quarantine period.
The statement added that the government in Balkh province has so far provided assistance to 35,000 families in the province and that there are more needy people in the city.
Balkh governor’s office stressed that due to the problems of the people, the Corona Commission in the province decided that all educational and training centers, training courses, amusement parks, hotels, houses, kilns, restaurants, baths, formal and informal ceremonies will be banned until the end of the Corona deadline, but only commercial markets, groceries, clothing, tailoring, spice shops, exchange offices, building materials, butchers, Bookstore and barber shops will be opened under conditional terms.
So far, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Balkh province has reached 324, of which 15 have died and 10 have recovered.
The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has recently had a cordial and friendly phone call with Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar.
This was the first phone call between the two counterparts since Foreign Minister Atmar took office, which is of great significance in the context of the worsening epidemic of COVID-19 in Afghanistan and new opportunities for peace and reconciliation.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release said that the Chinese officials pay close attention to the development of the epidemic in Afghanistan, knows full well that Afghanistan is facing greater challenges in epidemic prevention and material gap, and sympathizes with the suffering of the Afghan people in the epidemic.
According to the press release, Wang noted that the two countries enjoy the tradition of mutual understanding, trust and support.
“As a neighbor and strategic and cooperative partner of Afghanistan, China is never absent when Afghanistan is in need and always lends a helping hand without any hesitation. In addition to its provision of emergency medical supplies urgently needed in Afghanistan, China will do its best to further support the country in light of its needs,” he said.
This comes as the COVID-19 outbreak has dragged the whole human race into a fierce war with a highly infectious disease on a global scale.