Coronavirus Updates In Afghanistan (31); Nearly 3,000 Infected And $140 Million Aid

Officials at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) say 190 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the past 24 hours.

The deputy of MoPH, Wahidullah Majroh in a press conference on Monday said that 498 suspected cases of coronavirus had been tested in the ministry’s laboratories in the past 24 hours, of which 190 were positive.

6 Dead In A Day

Majroh said, the new cases include 41 in Paktia, 30 in Herat, 25 in Kandahar, 24 in Kabul, 17 in Balkh and 13 in Nangarhar province.

He added that there were 11 such cases in Laghman, 9 in Farah, 6 in Sar-e-Pul, 5 in Kunar, 3 in Zabul, 2 in Paktika and one in each provinces of Khost, Uruzgan, Helmand and Nimroz.

In the past 24 hours, 52 patients infected with the coronavirus have recovered and six others have died, the deputy of health minister said.

$140 Million In Emergency Aid

Officials at the Ministry of Health also say agreements have been signed between the World Bank, the government and representatives of Asian Development Bank which Afghanistan will receive $ 100.4 million in emergency aid from the World Bank and $ 40 million from the Asian Development Bank.

Mr. Majroh said in a joint press conference with the heads of the World Health Organization and UNICEF in Afghanistan on Monday that the two World Bank and Asian Development Bank (EDC) assistance will be used to fight the corona virus and strengthening the country’s health system.

The $ 4.4 million World Bank grant will be spent over three years in the immediate service sector to fight the coronavirus, strengthening Afghanistan’s health care system and reducing the risks posed by the coronavirus.  From this budget, 8 laboratories for corona testing will be built in Kabul and several other provinces, and the number of laboratories will increase from 7 to 15.

Meanwhile, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Afghanistan has reached 2,894.

Zackaria noori contributed reporting.

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