By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Ministry of Public Health on Sunday reported 1,597 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 4,587 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 85 deaths and 471 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period—the highest reported death toll from COVID-19 in a single day in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan so far has recorded 91,458 positive cases and 3,612 deaths from COVID-19.
This comes as Amnesty International has called on the Afghan government to address oxygen shortages and procure an adequate amount of COVID-19 vaccines and other essential medical supplies with the support of the international community.
“Afghanistan’s COVID-19 case numbers have been steadily increasing and these latest figures are of grave concern. It’s clear that the country has been hit by the third wave of COVID-19 and without urgent international support to contain this surge, the situation could quickly spiral out of control, with existing shortages of life-saving supplies posing serious challenges,” said Zaman Sultani, South Asia Researcher at Amnesty International.
The organization stated that Afghanistan’s COVID-19 case numbers have been steadily increasing and that these latest figures are of grave concern.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 3,795,577 and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 175,671,781.