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An asylum-seeker on the Greek island of Lesvos was shot and injured after apparently violating coronavirus quarantine rules, officials said Thursday.
The man, an Afghan, reported to the camp’s infirmary with buckshot wounds late Wednesday, sources at the Moria camp said.
He was taken to the local hospital but his condition was not deemed serious.
The man told police he had ventured out of the camp, which is under lockdown alongside the rest of Greece’s migrant facilities to limit the spread of the virus.
There have been coronavirus cases in two camps and a migrant hotel on the Greek mainland, where 150 people tested positive this week.
So far, no cases have been reported in camps on the islands, with no widespread screening conducted by authorities.
China will continue to support Afghanistan’s fight against COVID-19, Chinese Ambassador Wang Yu said on Thursday at a handover ceremony held in Kabul for medical assistance donated by the Chinese government.
“This is the second batch of 7.2-ton medical supplies donated by China, including much-needed medical equipment such as test kits, masks, protective clothes, goggles and infrared thermometer,” Wang said at the ceremony which was also attended by Afghan Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz.
“I hope these supplies will be sent to the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and help more Afghan people.”
“China and Afghanistan are brothers,” Wang added. “By joining hands, we will have the strength to overcome all difficulties. China will continue to support Afghanistan’s fight against COVID-19.”
“On behalf of the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Ministry of Public Health, I would like to convey my sincere thanks and gratitude to the government and people of China for their generous support,” Minister Feroz said.
“I would also extend my deepest condolences to people of China for the fatalities of this deadly virus. But at the same time, I want to congratulate China for their success in containing COVID-19.”
“I am sure this support and donations will further assist us in the containment of COVID-19 in Afghanistan,” he added.
China sent the first batch of medical assistance to Afghanistan on April 2, which included ventilators, protective clothes and face masks.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (Moal) says the price of egg came down from 12 AFN to 6 AFN per unit on Thursday.
The decrease in egg price happened after officials decided to import quality eggs via three ports to the country.
Wholesale prices of egg in the country have plunged by 15-30 per cent since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, or Covid-19 in the country.
Afghans are stockpiling eggs during the coronavirus crisis as they cook more meals at home. That’s leading to supply shortages and a spike in prices.
As businessmen and hoarders knew that eggs would be imported and would lose control of the prices, they supplied eggs in the markets, which caused prices to decline, said Akbar Rustami, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,. the European Union on Wednesday/ announced contribution of 2.7 million euros to UNICEF to support access to education for emergency-affected children and provide life-saving treatment to those affected by acute malnutrition in hard-to-reach areas of Afghanistan, a press release said.
With the unprecedented scope and scale of the pandemic, Afghanistan is likely to be significantly affected due to its weak health system and limited capacity to deal with disease outbreaks.
“With schools closed since 14 March, over 9.5 million children in regular schools and 500,000 children in informal education will not resume their education as per the normal schedule,” says Luigi Pandolfi, as quotes in the UNICEF press release, who oversees EU humanitarian programs in Afghanistan. “Also, as protocols to contain the spread are enforced, families are losing livelihoods and many are not eating enough nutritious food, with children being the hardest hit. This is a price the children of Afghanistan cannot afford.”
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says at least 50 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the country during the past 24 hours.
The Minister of Health, Firuzuddin Firuz in a press conference said that with the registration of the new cases, the number of people infected with the virus reaches 1226.
According to the Health Minister, at least 11 patients have recovered from the coronavirus during the past 24 hours which the number of recovered patients reaches 177.
He added that the new cases include 21 cases in Herat, 15 in Kunduz, 6 in Logar, 2 in Panjshir and one in Takhar and Jawzjan each.
Local health officials have confirmed that at least five new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the province’s laboratory during the past 24 hours.
The spokesman of Nangarhar governor, Ataullah Khogyani said that 14 suspected cases of coronavirus were recorded in the laboratory of the province which five of them confirmed positive.
According to Khogyani, the new cases include two cases in Nangarhar and three in Kunar province.
He added that of the coronavirus patients in the province, two of them have recovered in the past 24 hours.