Acting Health Minister Ahmad Jawad Osmani reported an increase in Coronavirus cases in the country in the past week, but said compared to neighbours, Afghanistan was doing much better.
Speaking at a news conference in Kabul on Monday, Osmani asked the people to not worry about the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that fear can stress the body which could lead to reduced immunity.
He urged people to follow health advice and wear masks to prevent further spread of the virus.
Osmani assured Afghans that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) had taken measures to prevent the second wave of the virus infections and had set up quarantine and treatment wards in all hospitals of Kabul. Other provinces have also been equipped with better tools.
Talking about Iran and Pakistan which are seeing much higher daily infection rates, Osmani urged the people to refrain from unnecessary travel to the two nations.