Health Ministry Warns of Catastrophe if COVID-19 Measures go Unheeded

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday reported 625 new positive cases of COVID-19 across the country over the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in Afghanistan to 12,456. New cases reported in Kabul (360), Herat (108), Balkh (50), Parwan (26), Takhar (24), Kunar (14), Baghlan (9), Panjshir (9), Nangarhar (5), Laghman (8), Bamiyan (2), Kunduz (1), Farah (1), and Ghor (8). Seven COVID-19 patients died in the past 24 hours, according to Wahid Majroh, deputy minister of public health.
The total number of reported deaths from the coronavirus in Afghanistan is now 227. Addressing press at the government media and information center, he said that another 10 patients recovered from the virus in the western province of Herat.
The number of recoveries nationwide is 1,138. Data by the Ministry of Public Health indicates there are 11,091 known active cases of COVID-19 in the country. So far, the Ministry of Public Health has tested 33,864 samples, according to the ministry.
The ministry warned Afghan citizens of increasing cases, if quarantine and health instructions not followed. Meanwhile, Kabul Governor Mohammad Yaqub Haidari said that after the cabinet decided to start the conditional activities of the guilds in Kabul, the department was ready to monitor its implementation. Emphasizing that there should be a thermometer in shops and that the social distance should be maintained separately, he added: "If the procedure is not followed, the authorities will close the guilds again." Abdul Manan Shiway Sharq, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture for publication affairs said that the budget for public awareness have been specified for the provinces, adding that the ministry would soon make it public as part of specific media deals.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 350,862 and the number of global coronavirus cases is 5,606,925, according to Johns Hopkins University.


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