Kabul: The Afghanistan Health Ministry on Wednesday said that the third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection may reach its peak in the next ten days. The ministry has advised citizens to take preventive measures seriously as Afghanistan does not want to face the same catastrophic situation as neighboring countries.
The health ministry said that it is prepared to fight the third wave of the coronavirus, but is concerned about the increasing number of positive cases. The ministry anticipates that the coronavirus will reach its peak in the next 10 days. The warning comes at a time when the ministry on Wednesday reported 623 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 14 deaths and 193 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
Officials at the Afghan-Japan hospital said that they are facing a shortage of beds as the number of COVID-19 patients is rising, adding that they treat patients even in open areas, such as the courtyard of the hospital.
“We had 150 people who came for testing (COVID-19), of which 77 cases tested positive and 21 Covid patients out of 77 were hospitalized,” said Ebadullah Ebad, a doctor at the Afghan-Japan hospital.
“The negligence that exists in the society causes the coronavirus to be prolonged, and our positive cases to exceed our capacity. Once this happened, for sure we will be a witness to a breakdown in our health sector,” said Dastageer Nazari, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.
The total number of cases now stand at 68,366, while the number of reported deaths is 2,869 and the total number of recoveries is 56,711.
MoPH added that the new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Takhar, Kunduz, Nimroz, Faryab, Helmand, Wardak, Badakhshan, Daikundi, Logar, Laghman, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghor, Khost, Farah, and Samangan provinces.
Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has stressed on the need for finding “urgent and effective” global vaccine solutions and called for “greater production” and its “fairer distribution” in his meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.
At their first in-person meeting on Tuesday since India began its eighth term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in January, the two leaders also discussed a full range of subjects including climate change, counterterrorism, developments in India’s neighborhood and underscored the need to adequately protect the “gains” of the last two decades in Afghanistan in the context of US withdrawal of troops.
“Discussed the Covid challenge, underlining the importance of finding urgent & effective global vaccine solutions,” Jaishankar wrote on Twitter after the meeting, which was held at the United Nations in New York. “Critical to ramp up the vaccine supply chain to ensure greater production & fairer distribution.”
They discussed that the proposal by India and South Africa for TRIPS waiver of Covid-19 vaccine patents can also contribute to greater production and more equity, said a readout of their conversation issued by India. The United States recently announced support for the proposal paving the way for negotiations to start towards adopting a text to that effect.