COVID-19 in Afghanistan (7): Number of Infected Passes 300

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the registration of 28 new cases of coronavirus during the last 24 hours in Afghanistan.

The spokesman of MoPH Vahidullah Mayar said 28 cases of coronavirus had been reported in Kabul’s laboratories in the past 24 hours.

According to Mayar, the latest cases included 10 in Kabul, eight in Kandahar, three in Paktia, two in Balkh, two in Samangan, and one in Kapisa, Takhar and Zabul provinces each.

Mayar on Saturday night stated that 10 positive cases of coronavirus were also registered in Herat, including seven men and three women.

Earlier on Saturday, the ministry announced the registration of 18 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

337 Infected

Mr. Mayar cited that in the past 24 hours, 85 suspected coronavirus samples had been tested in laboratories in Kabul province, 18 of which were positive.

Of these, 11 were new in Kabul, two in Samangan and five in Faryab, Kunduz, Balkh, Ghazni and Logar provinces.

But now, with the registration of these 10 new and positive events, the number of people with Coronavirus in the country reaches 309.

Following the registration of these statistics, the first death due to coronavirus has been recorded in Kabul.

Mayar declared that the deceased was 63 years old and had contracted other complementary diseases apart from the coronavirus.

However, the Badghis governor’s office said Saturday that the only person with coronavirus in Badghis had recovered after 22 days of quarantine.

So far, along with 337 people infected with corona, 7 people have died and 12 have recovered.

Efforts Underway

Afghan Officials have expressed concern that the health of the people are at risk due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Now, after a death from the Coronavirus in Daikundi, and the daily return of 150 to 200 migrants in a situation where the province does not have enough facilities, provincial officials and the Ministry of Public Health have decided to impose day-time curfew in the province.

The Daikundi governor’s office said in a statement on Saturday that the emergency committee’s decision to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus in the province was a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Nile and other districts of Kabul which will be started on Sunday.

With the new number of Corona patients in Kabul, the none-essential movements remains in place.

Meanwhile, the Ghazni press office said in a statement: “About 30 shops and sales centers, which continued to operate despite the restrictions on the prevention of the spread of the corona virus, are under the supervision of the committee responsible for monitoring and implementing the measures. In order to prevent rallies, unnecessary travel and the closure of all non-raw material sales centers, local fines and seals were confiscated.”

Local officials in Kabul also say that 140 prisoners have been released from Pol-e Charkhi Central Prison under a presidential decree to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Medical Centers

Although people and government officials are trying to prevent accidental spreads of the virus, they are trying to do the same due to the potential for an increase in the number of patients in medical centers and the maintenance of these patients.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs says that under the decree of the President and the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, the 700-bed Omid Technical and Vocational Education Center (located at Camp Phoenix) will be available for six months under a memorandum of understanding to collect and care for homeless addicts.

Health care assistances of organizations and countries around the world

In the latest health and monetary aid to Afghanistan, the Balkh governor’s office said that Uzbekistan’s food and health aid shipments arrived in the port city of Hairatan on Friday in the presence of Khajeh Mohammad Yadegar Shadmanov, Uzbekistan’s ambassador and senior Afghan government officials.

The World Bank has also said it has approved more than $ 100 million in aid to fight the coronavirus and strengthen Afghanistan’s health sector.

But in the wake of all the controversy surrounding the return of Afghan refugees trapped in Pakistan, the Afghan embassy in Pakistan says Pakistan has agreed to open the Torkham and Spin Boldak border for four days.

The Afghan embassy in Pakistan said in a statement on Saturday that Pakistan had agreed to open the Torkham and Spin Boldak border crossings for four days for the return of Afghan citizens trapped in the country.

However, the number of people infected with the virus in the world has exceeded one million.

Among the countries affected by the virus, the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany and China have the highest rates of infection, but with more than 13,000 people killed, Italy tops the list.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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