183 New Cases of COVID-19, Six Deaths On Saturday Even As Afghanistan Vaccinates 349,816

Kabul: Afghanistan is fighting a battle against time in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With the threat of the third wave looming large, the country administration has started mass vaccination drives across provinces. According to the Ministry of Public Health, 349,816 citizens of various guilds have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

This number comes even as on Saturday, the Ministry of Public Health reported 183 new positive cases of COVID-19 of 1,162 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported six deaths and 66 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.

The ministry is rushing to vaccinate the public as vaccines are considered to be providing a protective shield against the virus and hence, the number of daily cases can reduce. Statistics released by the Ministry of Public Health, show that 97,568 health workers, 47,322 teachers and 22,405 government employees have been vaccinated. Similarly, other groups and guilds that have received the vaccine, combine to form a total of 349,819 people.

Afghanistan has received two shipments of vaccine – first from India and the second shipment was assisted by COVAX. A third shipment is to be imported from China.

Meanwhile, the new cases were reported in Kabul (63), Kandahar (22), Nangarhar (13), Takhar (4), Balkh (11), Faryab (1), Helmand (28), Bamiyan (3), Maidan Wardak (5), Daikundi (3), Logar (4), Kunar (11), Laghman (14), and Zabul (1) provinces.

The deaths were reported in Kabul (4), Nimroz (1) and Laghman (1) provinces.

As of Saturday, the total number of known COVID-19 cases stand at 60,122, while the number of reported deaths is 2,637, and the total number of recoveries is 53,272.

So far, 404,894 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,213 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, as per data from the ministry.

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