Coronavirus Updates in Afghanistan (12); What are Government’s New Preventive Measures?

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that 52 new positive cases of coronavirus have been registered in different provinces during the past 24 hours.

The spokesman of MoPH, Wahidullah Mayar said on Sunday that at least 52 new cases of coronavirus had been reported in the country which include 28 cases in Kabul, 8 in Kandahar, 8 in Herat, 4 in Balkh, 2 in Bamyan, 1 in Nangarhar, Helmand and Paktia each.

The Second Doctor

Mayar noted that one person has recovered in the past 24 hours and another one died of the virus.

According to him, the recovered person is a 62-year-old resident of Kabul, and the recently died patient is 54 years old who was a resident of Logar province.

With the registration of these 52 new positive cases, the number of people infected with Coronavirus in the country has reached to 607 people that 38 patients have been recovered and 19 others have died.

MoPH officials also announced the death of a second doctor in Kabul in the afternoon as a result of the Coronavirus.

Mr. Mayar cited that Yusuf Aryubi, a pediatrician at the children’s health hospital has died of the coronavirus.

Earlier, Hanifullah Hanif, a doctor in Amiri Hospital of Kabul has died of the virus.

 Amiri Hospital Activities

After Dr. Hanifullah Hanif died of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Public Health has halted all activities of the hospital until the complete examination of the hospital’s staff.

However, the Ministry of Health announced the re-activation of the Amiri hospital by Monday.

Mayar in a press conference on Sunday said that the Amiri Hospital, which was shut by the ministry last week, would resume activities by tomorrow.

In the meantime, due to the tightening of restrictions on people’s movements, the Presidential Palace has announced that President Ashraf Ghani has instructed Police and the mayor of Kabul to not interfere in opening and closing of shops in the city during quarantine.

However, a number of shops were closed by the Kabul municipality due to opening following the day-time curfew in the capital.

The Presidential Palace said in a press release that Ashraf Ghani spoke with the chairman and members of the Chamber of Kabul Shopkeepers via video conference on Sunday.

President Ghani has instructed the National Police and the Mayor of Kabul not to interfere in the opening and closing of shops during quarantine, and parts of the industries can continue to operate in the city.

2,828 suspected children

In addition, the Ministry of Justice has announced that families have been banned to meet and talk in person with their children at the Correctional Center, with the exception of some important issues.

The ministry said in a press release on Sunday that since the beginning of the spread of the corona virus at the correctional centers, health supplies, including masks, gloves and disinfectants, have been distributed to children three times.

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Justice, about 2,828 suspected children are being held in all child correctional centers in the country.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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