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A 75,000-metric-ton consignment of Indian wheat heading for Afghanistan has arrived at Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar to be delivered to the destination country through land borders.
According to the Director-General of Ports and Maritime Department of Sistan-Baluchestan Province Behrouz Aqaei, the Indian government has sent the mentioned cargo aiming to support its trade partner during the coronavirus pandemic, the portal of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) published.
The consignment is comprised of 203 20-metric-feet containers that have been shipped from Kandla Port in eastern India.
As reported, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Tehran Abdul Ghafoor Liwal, who visited Chabahar port concurrent with the arrival of the Indian shipment, voiced his country’s gratitude for both Iran and India and expressed hope that the shipment would be transferred to his country as soon as possible.
In 2016, Iran, India, and Afghanistan decided to jointly establish a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries.
Pakistani passengers and transporters stranded in Afghanistan due to Coronavirus lockdown will start returning to Pakistan via Torkham border from Friday (April 17, 2020).
The decision to this effect was taken at a flag meeting held between the Afghan and Pakistani authorities at Torkham border.
Two hundred Pakistanis will be brought back today while five hundred will return on Saturday (April 18, 2020).
The Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 66 new cases of the coronavirus in the country, taking the total to 906, amid fears over the lack of testing kits and other health supplies.
The new cases were confirmed from 465 samples that were tested over the last 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said.
He added that out of the 66 positive cases, 26 cases were reported in Kabul, 15 in Kandahar, six in Balkh, five in Kunduz, five in Herat, four in Helmand, three in Laghman, one in Nangarhar and one in Kunar.
He added that 45 coronavirus patients have fully recovered and were discharged from hospital on Thursday which takes the total to 99.
According to Mayar, the recovery cases are 11% while deaths are 3.3%. So far, 30 people have died of the coronavirus in the country.
The country’s laboratories have the capacity to conduct 600 tests a day, according to the Ministry of Public Health.