Kabul: The Ministry of Higher Education announced that in-person classes at universities in 11 provinces, including Kabul, began on Saturday.
Hamed Obaidi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Higher Education, told Hashte Subh daily that in-person classes are officially starting in 11 provinces where the prevalence of the coronavirus is below 35 percent. Obaidi added that universities in other provinces, where the coronavirus turnover is below 35 percent and will be reported by the Ministry of Public Health to the Ministry of Higher Education, will also begin soon.
Obaidi added that the Ministry of Higher Education is working to gradually start in-person classes in 23 other provinces. Universities and educational centers have been closed to prevent the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus. The closure of universities, training centers and schools was first implemented in 16 provinces of the country and then nationwide.
The Ministry of Public Health has extended the closure of universities and educational centers several times.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has urged citizens not to fall prey to rumors about the side effects of vaccines. Osman Taheri, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said all vaccines imported into Afghanistan were safe and sound. He emphasized that there is no problem with these vaccines and that all people can be injected with peace of mind. “People should not listen to rumors,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, about 1.4 million civilians across the country have been vaccinated. Afghanistan is currently in need of 48 million doses of vaccine. The Ministry of Public Health says the government has the capacity to purchase 42 million doses and will purchase the coronavirus vaccine as soon as a valid source of the vaccine is found.
So far, three types of adjuvant vaccines have been imported into the country. The first shipment of Johnson-Johnson Corona vaccine, which included 1.48 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, arrived from the United States. The shipment is the first to deliver 3.3 million doses of the Johnson-Johnson vaccine that the United States has provided to Afghanistan. A few days ago, Sweden donated 124,000 doses of vaccine to the Ministry of Public Health. In addition to India, 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided 486,000 doses of the 700,000-dose vaccine to Afghanistan through COWAX and China.
This comes even as the Ministry of Public Health on Saturday reported 218 new positive cases of COVID-19 of 2,473 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 10 deaths and 677 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period. The figures show a significant decrease in the daily COVID-19 cases in the last week.
Data by the ministry shows that the total number of cases is 150,458 and the total number of reported deaths is 6,908.