Afghan officials in Kabul say around 140 prisoners have been released from Pul-e Charkhi jail based on a presidential decree to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Kabul governor press office in a press release said that the prisoners who were released had sentence charges less than five years. It is noteworthy that at least 11 women

4 April 2020

Political uncertainty and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are expected to weigh on Afghanistan’s economy in 2020, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. The government needs to raise domestic revenue to reduce grant dependence and achieve self-reliance. In its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020, ADB forecasts Afghanistan’s economy to grow at 3.0% in 2020, same as last year but picking up

4 April 2020

A 300-bed hospital was opened in the western province of Herat on Saturday for COVID-19 patients, in the province where the highest number of coronavirus cases have been reported. The hospital has been established from a converted hotel. A local businessman has turned it into a treatment center for COVID-19 patients.

4 April 2020

Much needed aid kept Afghanistan’s fragile health system afloat in the wake of the crippling coronavirus pandemic amid raging insurgency and lingering political tensions. As a freight train carrying 500 tons of food aid from neighboring Uzbekistan docked in northern Afghanistan on Friday, official figures on virus patients by the health ministry indicated the pandemic was making inroads in the landlocked country’s capital of

4 April 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) confirmed that a patient has died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in capital Kabul. The spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar said, the new death as a result of COVID-19 in the capital brings the total number of deaths to 7 across the country. Mayar had earlier confirmed that the positive cases

4 April 2020

Following the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a video conference called for Afghan people's unity. "This is the time for Afghans to show national unity in the national interest, to achieve peace in Afghanistan, but also to fight COVID-19," Stoltenberg said. He declared that NATO ministers discussed Afghanistan

4 April 2020

Amed groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Libya have not fully adhered to a United Nations call to lay down their guns during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the world body’s chief Antonio Guterres said on Friday. Speaking with reporters via a video link, Guterres said that his call for a global ceasefire had been well received around the world by Pope Francis and many

4 April 2020

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health has warned of a health catastrophe in the country as the number of coronavirus cases rise in Afghanistan, and urged the Afghan people to prioritize hygiene and act responsibly to overcome the challenge as soon as possible. The Health Ministry warned of increasing cases, and reiterated their call for the

4 April 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says at least 18 new positive cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Afghanistan. The spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar said on Saturday that of the 85 suspected cases of coronavirus which were registered during the past 24 hours, 18 of them were confirmed positive. According to Mayar, 11 new cases

4 April 2020