In the past 24 hours, 1,226 suspected coronavirus samples have been tested by the government’s laboratories, of which 564 have been confirmed positive said the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today. The addition of these new cases has pushed Afghanistan’s national total to 26,874. It will mostly cross 27,000 by Thursday, at the current rate of spread of the infection. The number of active cases

17 June 2020

As the location of one of the Coronavirus testing laboratories, Nangarhar is testing up to 100 samples a day from Laghman, Nuristan and Kunar in addition to their province’s. So far, a total of 1,921 suspected samples have been tested in the province alone, of which 1,275 have been positive – an overwhelming percentage. The province has also recorded 59 recovered cases and 38 deaths. Reporterly

16 June 2020

Herat Governor Seyyed Abdul Wahid Qatali told a news conference on Saturday that nearly 280 patients wo had Coronavirus had died in the province within the last week without even seeing the insides of a health centre. The surprising fact is the province’s official death toll due to COVID-19 is only 89 with a total of 4,304 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Moreover, in

14 June 2020

In the midst of my daily scrolling of social media while looking for the latest Afghan developments, I came across a tweet from a friend who wrote that Zainab Mohsini, a first-generation Afghan-American, is a U.S. congressional candidate from the 11th district of Virginia. Each and every word of this tweet caught my attention and painted a picture in my head of a woman

11 June 2020

President Ashraf Ghani met with Mir Rahman Rahmani, the speaker of the Lower House of Parliament on Monday to discuss the ministerial candidates picked by Ghani. Ghani had promised his ‘acting’ ministers that the vote of confidence will go through soon and they will be appointed to the lower house, Wolesi Jirga. However, since the start of the National Unity Government in 2014, post the

9 June 2020

These days, you hear news of women who are breaking tradition and setting records. You hear about them going against the norms of society and achieving so many things. You see them fighting for their rights. Fighting to make their own decisions. Fighting for a better life. Sometimes, they become famous. The all-girls robotics team who made low-cost ventilators from car parts, or those who

4 June 2020

Two were killed and two more injured in an explosion at the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque on Tuesday evening.  An hour later, Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian announced that Mullah Mohammad Ayaz Niazi, the mosque’s imam, had been killed. Arian’s tweet read: “Today’s incident is a continuation of the terrorist crimes against the Ulema, holy places and places of worship.

3 June 2020

“Our colleagues Mirwais Shah Amiri, an economic reporter, and Shafiqullah Zabihi, an employee in the technical department, were martyred,” said the chief executive of Khurshid TV station. He lost his two employees to a roadside bomb explosion on May 31. The two men were in a minibus that ferries the company employees in Kabul. There were eight passengers in the van along with the

1 June 2020

Two days before the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, on May 22, Afghanistan had 9,216 COVID-19 cases. Kabul’s markets were teeming with people who had disregarded the government’s restrictions and the daily curfew. The city’s citizens moved freely around, paying little heed to the to the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) guidelines to respect social distancing. Two days later, Afghanistan crossed the 10,000 marks and Kabul

28 May 2020

Reports indicate that over the last two months, 40% factories have shut down and 30% are semi-active throughout Afghanistan. As the number of people infected with Coronavirus in Afghanistan continue to increase, industry leaders are concerned that the worsening crisis could lead to bankruptcy and increased layoffs. Due to the spread of Coronavirus and the resulting restrictions, many factories stopped operating. A survey by

27 May 2020