Coronavirus Update in Afghanistan (13); Intensification of Measures, Increased Concerns over COVID-19 Figures

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Coronavirus Update in Afghanistan (13); Intensification of Measures, Increased Concerns over COVID-19 Figures

13 Apr 2020

Officials at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) say the prevalence of coronavirus in Afghanistan is on the rise, and Afghan citizens need to take the health messages seriously.

The spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar in a press conference has called on Afghan people to take the health messages serious.

Mayar stressed that citizens must abide by the restrictions of movements in the cities.

58 New Cases of Coronavirus

According to Mayar, 58 new positive cases of coronavirus were registered in the laboratories of the Ministry of Public Health during the past 24 hours, with the total number of Coronavirus patients in the country reaching 665.

Mayar noted that out of a total of 58 new cases, 28 were reported in Kandahar province, 13 in Kabul, 7 in Helmand, 6 in Nimroz, 3 in Takhar and one in Kunduz province.

Based on MoPH statistics, the highest number of people infected with coronavirus has been reported in Kandahar during the past 24 hours.

MoPH spokesperson stressed that the total number of those recovered from the virus has increased to 38 and the number of deaths to 21.

Herat at the Top

Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, a spokesman for the Herat Public Health Department, said on Monday that 28 samples had been tested in Herat province’s laboratory during the past 24 hours, seven of which were positive. The new patients with the coronavirus include six men and one woman.

With the new cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Herat has reached 280, of which 6 have died and 13 have recovered.

Herat, meanwhile, still tops the list of provinces with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Death of a Police Officer

Officials at the Interior Ministry has confirmed that a Kabul police officer had died of the coronavirus.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said a police officer from Kabul’s PD7 had died of the coronavirus.

This is the first victim of the Coronavirus from the security forces reported so far.

Two doctors have already died in Kabul due to the coronavirus.

Following the death of police officer, the 207th Zafar Corps press office in a statement announced about opening of a special center for abstinence and quarantine of patients with COVID-19 in its camp.

According to the statement, the center has 56 beds, and people suspected of having coronavirus are transferred to this ward, with a separate room for each patient.

Indian Aid

The Afghan Embassy in India also said that the delivery of a wheat consignments of India to Afghanistan began on Sunday.

The first shipment of the aid, which includes 5,022 tons of wheat, was set up from the Indian port of Kandla and will be transported to Afghanistan via the Chabahar port.

According to the Afghan Embassy in India, the country continues to provide 500,000 hydroxychloroquine tablets to Afghanistan to treat patients with the coronavirus, which will soon be available to Afghanistan.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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