COVID-19 in Afghanistan (8): Latest Developments Across the Country

COVID-19 in Afghanistan (8): Latest Developments Across the Country

6 Apr 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says 30 positive cases have been reported in the past 24 hours.

The spokesman of MoPH Vahidullah Mayar said Monday morning that the new cases would include 16 cases in Herat, 6 in Kabul, three in Nimroz, two in Kunduz, two in Faryab and one in Daikundi.

Mayar noted that with the registration of these new cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in 23 provinces of the country has reached 367 people.

According to Mayar, Herat with 230 cases and Kabul with 59 cases are the two provinces with the highest rates of coronavirus.

17 Recoveries from Corona

According to the ministry, three people infected with the coronavirus have been confirmed in Logar and Kabul provinces.

Following the figures, officials at the Ministry of Health told a news conference that five people infected with the coronavirus had recovered, bringing the total number of recovered to 17.

Mayar told a news conference on Sunday that in the past 24 hours, 2,595 suspected coronavirus samples had been delivered to the laboratories of Kabul, Nangarhar and Herat, of which 337 were confirmed positive.

Mayar added that in the past 24 hours, 38 new cases of coronavirus have been registered, including 10 in Kabul, 10 in Herat, 8 in Kandahar, 3 in Paktia, 2 in Samangan, 2 in Balkh and one in the provinces of Kapisa, Takhar and Zabul each.

Tighten Movements Restrictions in Kabul

The movement restrictions have also intensified following the rise in the number of Coronavirus patients in Kabul.  On Sunday, 50 urban vehicles were fined by the Kabul Traffic Police for traffic violations and unnecessary movements.

The Kabul governor’s press office said that according to the decision of the emergency committee to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus in Kabul province, based on further movement restrictions in Kabul, a total of 150,000 Afghani vehicles worth 50 urban vehicles were fined by Police on Sunday.

In addition, the Kabul governor’s office said that 2,450 shops, 55 baths and 15 restaurants in the different areas of Kabul had been blocked by security forces.

Support to Right Corona

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus and the fight against it, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a press release on Sunday that more than 400 liters of milk from one of its farms will be given to the Ministry of Health daily for free.  It is set to be distributed to doctors and staff at Kabul hospitals working to fight the coronavirus, which covers about 2,000 people.

The telecommunications companies have also announced that they will make it easier for subscribers to access students’ materials through the free Internet and reduce the price of Internet packages.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace says that President Ashraf Ghani has talked to the governors of the central, southern and southeastern zones in order to fight the corona virus through a video conference.

According to the press release, Ashraf Ghani has directed 30 million AFN to Paktika, Logar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Bamyan and Daikundi, 60 million to Ghazni, Khost and Paktia, 60 million to Kandahar which should be allocated.

Local officials in Herat also said that the COVID-19 100-bed hospital in Herat, built in the past 20 days and has been inaugurated.

The Afghan Ministry of Immigration has also announced that Iran’s National Corona Disease Management Headquarters has decided that the treatment of people living with the coronavirus is free for non-Iranian nationals, including Afghan refugees.

However, Iran is known to be the epicenter of the virus after China.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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