COVID-19 threat: Panjshir First Province To Close Its Gates To Tourists

Kabul: Panjshir became the first province in the country to close its gateways to national and foreign tourists to prevent further spread of the third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mansour Anabi, spokesperson for the governor of Panjshir, said that the provincial military council made the decision on Wednesday. Shir Del Danesh, head of the Public Health Department in Panjshir province, said that for the past three days, patients infected with the coronavirus in the province have been facing lack of oxygen and efforts are being made to provide oxygen to the patients.

According to Danesh, the responsibility for providing services in the coronavirus sector in Panjshir province has been handed over to the Swedish Committee, and from this point of view, the provincial public health department does not face a shortage of medical equipment, personnel and medicine.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Kabul has issued a health alert for all of Afghanistan. “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice and the Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory advising against all travel to Kabul due COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
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Commercial flight options from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) remain available and the US Embassy strongly suggests that U.S. citizens make plans to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible. Given the security conditions and reduced staffing, the Embassy’s ability to assist US citizens in Afghanistan is extremely limited,” the statement said.

The US embassy also alleged that hospitals are reporting shortages of supplies, oxygen, and beds for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related patients and US citizens have reported being denied admittance to hospitals due to lack of space.

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