Wearing face masks has been made compulsory in government offices and hospitals as the number of cases may increase in the country with the onset of winter, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Wednesday. MoPH spokesperson Akmal Samsor said that the cabinet has approved their proposal and clients, visitors and employees alike, will have to abide by it.

14 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that they had inspected 24 laboratories in Kabul after receiving a complaint from the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) that some have been issuing fake COVID-19 test results. MoPH spokesperson Akmal Samsor said on Wednesday, that three laboratories have been given a warning while another has been closed. The ACAA

14 October 2020

Baghlan officials said that six security forces were killed and two were wounded in a Taliban attack on security checkpoints in the Gozargah-e-Noor district of the province. Ahmad Javid Besharat, spokesperson for Baghlan Police Command, said that that Taliban launched an attack on at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday in the district centre. In an official statement

14 October 2020

With the addition of 66 new Coronavirus cases within the past day, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said Afghanistan has confirmed 39,994 cases so far. The government laboratories were able to test 318 samples in the last 24 hours. The MoPH reported new cases in the provinces of Herat (16), Kandahar (10), Kunduz (10), Parwan (8),

14 October 2020

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said on Tuesday that the clashes near the Helmand provincial centre has reportedly displaced about 35,000 people according to initial estimates from local authorities. Authorities also said that nearly 200 people were killed or injured, and the numbers could change as the Afghan security forces launched a counteroffensive. The Taliban assault on Helman

14 October 2020

Badakhshan officials said three policemen were killed and two were wounded during a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint on Wednesday. Badakhshan Police spokesperson Sanaullah Rouhani said that the Taliban attacked Bagh-e Mubarak, a village on the road connecting Fayzabad to Baharak district. The attack started at midnight and continued for three hours, he added. The number of

14 October 2020

President Ashraf Ghani met Shamsia Alizada, the top scorer in the national university entrance exams (Kankor), along with five other toppers on Tuesday. Ghani praised their efforts, congratulated them on behalf of the government and awarded the six candidates 100,000 AFN each. “You are the future of Afghanistan and I hope you will make enough progress to

14 October 2020

Police officials in Herat said they rescued a kidnapped money exchanger on Wednesday, and arrested eight people in connection with the incident. Haji Ismail Mohammadi was abducted from his near his home in Herat city on Monday night. Abdul Ahad Valizadeh, spokesperson for the Herat Police Command, told Reporterly that Mohammadi was kept captive in a house

14 October 2020

Helmand officials confirmed that two army helicopters that had been sent to the area collided in mid-air. Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the governor of Helmand, told Reporterly on Wednesday, that the helicopters were sent to transport wounded security personnel. Zwak added that the two helicopters first collided in mid-air and then made an emergency landing. According to him,

14 October 2020