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Chabahar port is the connecting link that has helped India send its humanitarian aid of 5,022 MT of the wheat consignment to help Afghanistan deal with the fall out of the COVID-19 crisis. The vessel that set sail from the Kandla port in Gujarat reached the Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar on 15th April 2020.
Dr. Behruz Aghaei, Chabhar Port General Director on the arrival of Indian aid said, “One of the unique advantages of Chabahar is its transit capabilities. Today, Chabahar is one of the most flourishing southern ports of Iran on the transit domain, which can play a vital role in regional trade connectivity.”
The 5,022 MT is the first consignment of 75,000 MT of wheat India is sending to Afghanistan as a gift. The shipment will be cleared and transited through the Milak border to Afghanistan next week.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says the latest death rate for the novel coronavirus in the country is 3.2 percent.
During an opening ceremony at a COVID-19 center at Darulaman Palace, the Minister of Health, Firuzuddin Firuz said, three coronavirus deaths were reported in the country during the past 24 hours.
Mr. Feruz declared that 13 people have recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 112.
He noted that the government has provided $15 million to the Public Health Ministry, saying the pledged $100 million by the World Bank has not been provided yet.
“The government has begun efforts to establish isolation centers with a 10,000-bed capacity for COVID-19 patients in Kabul and aims to set up 100,000 beds in the country,” he said.
The country’s laboratories have the capacity to conduct 600 tests a day, according to the Ministry of Public Health, and so far the ministry has tested over 5,800 samples.
This comes as the Kabul lockdown was extended for another three weeks until May 9 as part of attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Afghanistan has thanked India for assisting the country in the fight against coronavirus by sending critical drugs including 500,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine.
Afghanistan’s envoy to India Tahir Qadiry said in a tweet that India had earlier shipped a consignment of wheat to strengthen food security.
“In a series of offerings of critical drugs, India sent 100,000 paracetamol and 500,000 hydroxychloroquine tablets to Afghanistan through Ariana Airlines today. This is in addition to the 1st consignment of wheat India shipped earlier to bolster food security. Heartfelt thanks!” he said.
Afghanistan is included in the list of countries to which India has decided to supply hydroxychloroquine.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says at least 27 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the country during the past 24 hours.
The Health Minister, Ferozuddin Firoz in an opening ceremony of COVID-19 Center in Darlaman Palace said, “308 suspected samples of coronavirus were tested in the laboratories during the past 24 hours which 27 of them confirmed positive.”
He noted that the new cases include 12 cases in Kabul, 7 in Paktia, 4 in Logar, 2 in Herat, 3 in Daikundi and one in Bamyan province.
The Health Minister added that with the registration of the new cases, the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country reaches 933.