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In a joint statement following the first meeting between Afghan First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Deborah Lyons, “both agreed that the collective efforts of all Afghans are needed to tackle this pandemic that has already killed nearly a quarter-million people around the world.”
“Vice-President Saleh affirmed that the government wants to hold regular strategic meetings with the United Nations on the COVID-19 response to maximize the contribution of UN agencies and ensure full coordination with the government’s efforts,” reads the statement.
Lyons’ discussions with Vice-President Saleh took place after she had held consultations with President Ashraf Ghani, who has designated his first vice president to lead the government’s relations and coordination with the UN agencies.
The joint statement also reads:
“Special Representative Lyons, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), recognized the government’s leadership role to date, and acknowledged the importance of the eight priorities which the government has identified. This work has already established a detailed plan for the health sector by the Ministry of Public Health, and would soon lead to plans in the other priority areas. The United Nations will work in support of such plans in key areas such as health, education, food-security and livelihoods, as well as returnees and internally displaced people.”
The joint statement concludes: “Vice-President Saleh asked the United Nations to respect and support the government’s leadership in handling this crisis and invited the Special Representative and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, to join him in attending the Inter-ministerial Emergency Committee and in creating a joint framework for action whereby United Nations’ agencies can work closely in support of individual ministries. Special Representative Lyons highlighted the need for deep collaboration with all partners to create a united front against COVID-19.”
Iran has donated 10,000 protective face-mask to Afghan government and people as symbol of international solidarity to fight coronavirus pandemic in Afghanistan.
According to Iran’s consulate in Herat, in line with its humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Iranian government donated 10,000 protective masks to Herat health office.
The Iranian masks which were produced by Hami Company were delivered by Iranian deputy consul general in Herat Ali Akbar Baba.
Iran had sent its first consignment including 5,000 COVID19 test kits to Afghanistan last week.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says 330 new positive cases of coronavirus have been registered in the country during the past 24 hours.
The deputy of MoPH, Wahidullah Majroh in a press conference said that with the registration of the new cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country reaches 2,224.
According to Majroh, at least 24 patients infected with the coronavirus have been recovered and five others died during the past 24 hours.
This comes as the total number recovered patients in the country reaches 421 and the death toll rises to 95.
Officials at the Public Health department in Herat province say at least 59 new cases of the coronavirus were registered in the province during the past 24 hours.
The spokesman of Herat Public Health Department, Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai said that 126 suspected samples of the coronavirus were tested in the province’s laboratory which 59 of them confirmed positive.
Sherzai said the new cases include 40 men and 19 women which the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the province reached 630.
According to Sherzai, 154 patients have been recovered and 14 others died of the virus so far.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says the specter of Covid-19 is haunting the humanity and aligned action is needed to marshal the true sense of urgency to overcome it.
President Ghani has delivered speech at Online Summit Level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in response to COVID-19 on Monday.
“Covid-19 is a hyper event, plunging our interconnected world into turmoil by disrupting our normal modes of conduct and forms of sociability. Deep uncertainty regarding the future, across the world, therefore, characterizes the Corona –effect,” President said.
President Ghani has shared Afghanistan’s five phases to enable to lead and manage the response in Afghanistan; acknowledgement; diffusion; adversity; relief; and recovery.
“following the premise that the duration of each phase, the scale and scope of its impact and the response of the people will be uncertain. Intensive consultations enabled us to map our societal vulnerabilities and chart the expectations of our fellow citizens from their state,” President asserted.
“We, the Afghan people, who have suffered for 40 years from the games of polarization and proxy conflict, will like to transform our country into a platform of regional and global cooperation. Join us in this noble quest,” he added.