Acting Minister of Public Health Ahmad Jawad Osmani said a possible “second wave” of Coronavirus might grip the nation as the weather cools and added that the ministry was already preparing for it.
Addressing an event in Herat on Saturday, Osmani said that cold weather, air pollution and seasonal diseases could lead to a spike in new COVID-19 cases.
“According to statistical calculations that were carried out in some European countries and the United States, the outbreak will much higher in winter compared to summer. There is a strong possibility that we face a second wave,” Osmani said.
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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that the Afghan COVID-19 tally reached 39,044 on Sunday with the addition of 125 new cases from 398 samples tested in the past 24 hours.
New positive cases were reported in the provinces of Farah (68), Daykundi (20), Nangarhar (9), Badghis (9), Herat (7), Samangan (4), Kunduz (3), Kabul (1), Helmand (1), Laghman (1), Kunar (1) and Zabul (1).
There were four fatalities and no recoveries in the past day.
Afghanistan has 5,027 active Coronavirus cases with 32,576 recovered and 1,441 deaths.