Coronavirus Updates In Afghanistan (26): How Afghanistan Faces the Pandemic?

The Presidential Palace said it had proposed 48 procurements, including the supply of 500 ventilators respirators and the allocation of 313 million AFN for the repair and construction of health centers.

According to the announcement of the Presidential Palace, 49 preparations items were discussed during the meeting of the National Procurement Commission, which was held before noon on Monday, of which 48 items were worth more than 12.5 billion AFN which were approved by the commission.

500 Artificial Respiration Devices

The National Procurement Commission has also reviewed and approved the project contract for the procurement of 500 ventilators and direct applications for COVID-19 diagnostic kits and consumables through the Ministry of Public Health.

Officials at the Ministry of Public Health say 172 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the past 24 hours.

“The new 172 positive cases of coronavirus, include 34 in Balkh, 33 in Herat, 27 in Kabul, 21 in Kandahar and 8 in Paktia, 8 in Baghlan, 7 in Kunduz, 5 in Sar-e Pul, 5 in Ghor, four in Nimroz, three in each provinces of Faryab, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost, two in Helmand and one in each provinces of Paktika and Panjshir,” the spokesman of Health Ministry, Vahidullah Mayar said.

Local officials in Faryab province also reported that a nurse in the emergency room of the provincial hospital and two members of her family were infected with the coronavirus.

The Release Of Thousands Of Prisoners

Meanwhile, the Prisons Administration has announced that 12,399 prisoners will be released from prisons on the occasion of the 8th of Sawr, the anniversary victory of Mujahideen and the prevention of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

But amid the cases of the Coronavirus in the world, Maulana Tariq Jamil, a prominent Pakistani cleric, has also made headlines.

Pakistan’s prominent cleric Maulana Tariq Jameel said that the novel coronavirus has been brought to humanity as a repercussion to the “wrongdoing of women”.

The cleric made the comments on live television during the Ehsaas Telethon fund raising event in the presence of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, as per media reports.

However, with 1,703 people infected with the coronavirus in Afghanistan, Nuristan is the only province where the outbreak of the coronavirus has not yet been reported.

This comes as the recovered rate of coronavirus in Afghanistan is 13 percent and the death rate is 3.34 percent.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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