The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said the conditions in Afghanistan have worsened with the country reporting 580 new Coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 13,036 cases.
Wahid Majrooh, deputy of the MoPH, said eight patients had died and 65 others had recovered over the past day. This brought the Afghan total to 235 dead and 1,209 recovered cases. Currently there are 11,572 active COVID-19 cases in the country.
Of the new reported cases, 322 were in Kabul, 139 in Herat, 27 in Panjshir, 22 in Balkh, 21 in Farah, 20 in Paktia and 15 in Faryab.
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Laboratories across the country have tested 1,722 suspected samples, of which 580 were positive. So far, the Ministry has tested 34,936 samples.
Reason for increasing cases
Afghanistan has been reporting close to 600 new cases every day, rapidly moving from 10,000 cases to 12,000 within five days.
At the press conference, Majrooh said, 40% of total new cases were recorded in the past 10 days.
He pointed that in the last 12 days people have flouted quarantine norms and visited markets and travelled by road. Crowds in public places were especially noted in the major cities, including Kabul, in the days of Eid Al-Fitr.
Majroh said the MoPH is running out of medical facilities and there is a dire shortage of masks and ventilators.
He reiterated the need for people to stay at home, keep social distancing, wear face masks and to wash their hands regularly.