Coronavirus update in Afghanistan (23): 42 New Cases and The Delivery of Second Consignment of China’s aid

Coronavirus update in Afghanistan (23): 42 New Cases and The Delivery of Second Consignment of China’s aid

24 Apr 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says at least 42 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country during the past 24 hours.

The Minister of Public Health Firuzuddin Firuz has said that the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country has reached1,330.

Ataullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said that 14 suspected cases of coronavirus had been reported in the province’s laboratory in the past 24 hours, five of which had been confirmed as positive.

Khogyani added that the positive cases included two in Nangarhar and three in Kunar province.

177 Recovered Patients

Mr Firuz emphasized that no one had died of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Public Health has also announced that it has signed a $23 million contract with the UNICEF Office in Afghanistan.

Under the agreement, the money will be used to fight the coronavirus to buy medical supplies on time, such as protective kits, sending health messages, raising public awareness, and broadcasting health messages through audio media and other things related to COVID-19.

Chinese Aid

Following the donations, China’s second consignment of medical supplies to the Afghan government was handed over to the Ministry of Public Health on Thursday April 23, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

According to the Ministry of Health, the consignment includes diagnostic kits, masks, protective kits, safety goggles, thermometers, ventilators, excise devices and PCR devices.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said at a meeting that the commander of Kabul Joint Forces Command and police chiefs had been instructed to tighten restrictions from Thursday, while maintaining exceptional cases, the list of which has already been shared.

Yaqub Heydari, the governor of Kabul, who spoke at a news conference to address the Kabul Emergency Committee’s one-month report on the Coronavirus on Thursday, called on residents not to pay rent to owners of shops and homes.

Meanwhile, officials at the Ministry of Agriculture say that after it was decided to start restricting the import of eggs from ports, egg speculators have launched the market and the price has dropped to six AFN.

President Ashraf Ghani also said in a message on the occasion of the arrival of Ramadan: “The arrival of the holy month of Ramadan coincides with the outbreak of the coronavirus. I expect the country’s faithful Muslim compatriots to follow the recommendations of scholars of the country and the Ministry of Public Health.”

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.