MoPH Says Afghanistan COVID-19 Death Rate Is 3.2 Percent

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says the latest death rate for the novel coronavirus in the country is 3.2 percent.

During an opening ceremony at a COVID-19 center at Darulaman Palace, the Minister of Health, Firuzuddin Firuz said, three coronavirus deaths were reported in the country during the past 24 hours.

Mr. Feruz declared that 13 people have recovered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 112.

He noted that the government has provided $15 million to the Public Health Ministry, saying the pledged $100 million by the World Bank has not been provided yet.

“The government has begun efforts to establish isolation centers with a 10,000-bed capacity for COVID-19 patients in Kabul and aims to set up 100,000 beds in the country,” he said.

The country’s laboratories have the capacity to conduct 600 tests a day, according to the Ministry of Public Health, and so far the ministry has tested over 5,800 samples.

This comes as the Kabul lockdown was extended for another three weeks until May 9 as part of attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

18 / April 2020
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