Coronavirus Updates In Afghanistan (28); Spike In Number of COVID-19 Patients And Distribution Of Bread To The Needy

Coronavirus Updates In Afghanistan (28); Spike In Number of COVID-19 Patients And Distribution Of Bread To The Needy

30 Apr 2020

Officials at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) have once again warned that the number of coronavirus cases in Afghanistan is increasing day by day and will increase in the coming weeks.

The spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar in a press conference on Wednesday said that with the registration of 110 new positive cases of Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the total number of patients infected with COVID-19 in the country reached 1,939.

3 Dead In Herat

Mayar added that the new cases included 58 cases in Kabul, 15 cases in Kandahar, 12 cases in Paktia, 6 cases in Ghazni, 5 cases in each provinces of Laghman and Nangarhar, 3 cases in each provinces of Takhar, Farah, two cases in Helmand and one case in Kunduz province.

The Herat Public Health Department said in a statement on Wednesday that “over the past 24 hours, three people suspected of contracting the coronavirus have died in COVID-19 Number 1 Hospital.”

According to figures, Kabul province witnessed the most positive cases of the Coronavirus on Tuesday.

Mayar misinterpreted rumors that about COVID-19 hospital’s unnecessary existence in Sorobi district and cited that the hospital is operational now and no decision has been made by MoPH regarding it.

Movement Restrictions

With the increase in the number of Corona patients in the country, the Office of the Second Vice President has announced that a special meeting of the Emergency Committee to Prevent the Outbreak of Coronavirus has decided that the day-time curfew and movement restrictions in Kabul should be tightened and continue until the end of Ramadan month.

Following the quarantine of the cities, President Ghani said in a video message that the program of distributing bread from bakeries to the needy will begin today in Kabul.

In a video message released on Tuesday, Ghani said he had instructed all government agencies to distribute dry bread through the bakeries, given the dire economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Afghanistan.

He added that the program will start today, Wednesday in Kabul and is scheduled to start by the end of this week in Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar, Kunduz and Jalalabad.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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