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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has said that 66 new positive cases related to the coronavirus infection have been reported in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, which brings the total to 1092 on Tuesday.
The spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar said that Kabul reported 52 new cases, Laghman 5 cases, Baghlan 4, Nangarhar 4, and Paktia 1 case in the past 24 hours.
This comes as President Ghani remains in good health, has tested negative for the virus and continues to run the country by conducting most meetings with video teleconferencing, one official said.
Preventing the coronavirus spread in Afghanistan is almost impossible if violence continues, top US commander of international forces in Afghanistan has said.
“It’s something that affects the entire world, and it will affect coalition forces and Afghan security forces as well,” General Scott Miller said as reported by Public Broadcasting Service, an American public broadcaster and television program distributor.
“The focus on this particular virus has to be on preventing the spread, which is difficult under even normal circumstances, but almost impossible if we have violence,” he added.
This comes as the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country reaches 1092.
The Presidential Palace confirmed that novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests were conducted on President Ashraf Ghani and the First Lady Rula Ghani.
“COVID19 tests were conducted for the President and the First Lady on their own request. Both results are negative,” Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said in a Twitter post.
Sediqqi further added “The President is healthy and is leading government efforts on all fronts. All precautions are in place to make sure his work environment is safe and healthy.”
The Ministry of Public Health announced Monday that the ministry recorded 30 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country in the past 24 hours.
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a QR34mn fundraising campaign to support the global coronavirus (Covid-19) control efforts.
It will target over 5mn beneficiaries in Afghanistan and nine other countries.
The new drive comes in response to the appeal issued by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to raise funds to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in countries which lack resources to withstand its consequences.
Qatar is a major humanitarian donor for all friendly countries around the world.
Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi, secretary-general of QRCS, said, “Humanitarian action is particularly important in disaster zones. In the face of an emergency that affects almost every country in the world, QRCS is one of the first responders. With its preparedness strategy, it is well in place to deal with any crisis immediately”.
The total number of corona-infected Afghanistan returned drivers rose to 41 as 18 more cases were confirmed here in Landi Kotal.
Last day 23, drivers had been tested COIVD 19 positive in Landi Kotal quarantined.
Pakistani Deputy Commissioner, Khyber Mehmood Aslam Wazir while confirming it said that total samples of 195 Afghanistan returned, Pakistan national transporters, presently quarantined in Landi Kotal had been collected and sent for laboratory tests.
The NATO-led Resolute Support mission has announced support for Afghan security forces as they work to mitigate risks against the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring security for the Afghan people,.
NATO in a press release said, “In recent days, Resolute Support facilitated the delivery of supplies to Afghan National Police units in Panjshir and Parwan provinces, including approximately 7,000 masks, more than 8,000 pairs of gloves, cleaning supplies and other personal protective equipment.”
“In Helmand and Nimroz provinces, Resolute Support helped get critical supplies to Afghan Army units, including 13,000 masks and 1,000 sets of protective gear, plus disinfectants, sanitizers and cleaning supplies,” the press release reads.
In Nuristan province, it aided the delivery of critical supplies to Afghan National Police including medical equipment and cleaning materials, sanitizers and personal protective equipment.
NATO added that it remains firmly committed to support our Afghan partners as they fight terrorism and operate to create the conditions for lasting peace, in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis.
As part of a series of workshops exploring human rights concerns related to the COVID-19 response, Amnesty International USA will be holding a workshop titled “Europe & Central Asia At Risk: Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid and the Response to COVID-19 in Afghanistan, Hungary and Russia”.
This workshop will break down the “who”, the “how” and the “why” of rights abuses in Afghanistan, the humanitarian challenges for aid organizations, and offer up recommendations.
At least 20 employees at Afghanistan’s presidential palace have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a senior government official who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to comment on the subject.
It wasn’t clear whether President Ashraf Ghani had been in contact with any of the employees at the palace in Kabul or whether he had been tested himself.
The presidential palace has refused to comment on the development. Ghani has reportedly been self-isolating, although he still meets daily with some senior officials.
At 70 and a cancer survivor, Ghani is considered in the higher risk category.