Cases Surge As MoPH Records 2,202 New COVID-19 Infections

Kabul: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) recorded 2,202 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 73 deaths in the past 24 hours.

The total number of cases now stand at 107,957, while the death toll is 4,366. In fact, Acting Public Health Minister Wahid Majroh met with Iranian Ambassador Bahadur Aminian and commended Iran’s assistance during the 1st wave of COVID-19. He called for further assistance in training healthcare workers, particularly in heart surgery, oxygen and medical equipment to help Afghanistan combat the 3rd wave.

Majroh said that beds were increased across the country and oxygen machines were installed at seven hospitals in Kabul, to cope with the shortages. Aminian pledged that Iran will cooperate, and added that his country is prepared to provide equipment to two the hospitals in Kabul and Bamyan provinces, which Iran had built. Aminian added that Iran is committed to providing 80 scholarships in medical science to Afghan students.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan has decided to suspend the movement of citizens across the Uzbek-Afghan border, taking into account the aggravation of the COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan.

According to the Uzbek health ministry, the issuance of tourist visas to citizens of Afghanistan was suspended, as well as the acceptance of visa applications from travel companies. Trends reported that the following categories of citizens and vehicles are allowed to move through Termez-Avtodorozhniy border checkpoint at the border between the two countries -employees of diplomatic missions, consular offices and international organizations and members of their families; drivers carrying out international cargo transportation; citizens of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan returning home.

It is noted that citizens of Uzbekistan who test positive for coronavirus infection will be sent for treatment to special clinics. In addition, foreign citizens who test positive for coronavirus infection will not be allowed to enter Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed concern about the lack of oxygen and facilities in hospitals during the outbreak of the third wave of the coronavirus, calling it a serious problem.

Stating that access to health services is everyone’s right, it called on relevant government agencies, especially the Ministry of Public Health, to make effective use of the available facilities. AIHRC has said that due to war, poverty, unemployment and other problems, the fight against the coronavirus requires the full cooperation of government agencies and the public.

Monitoring findings by the Independent Human Rights Commission show that lack of facilities and oxygen in hospitals is a serious problem, but “good” precautions have been taken in prisons to prevent coronavirus. The AIHRC has also called on the public to take precautionary measures and follow health advice to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

The Ministry of Public Health says that the problem has now been partially overcome by activating oxygen-producing devices in public hospitals.

22 / June 2021
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