KABUL: The Ministry of Public Health said in a statement on Tuesday that 49 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.
According to the statement, the cases have been registered in Kabul 18, Kandahar 15, Balkh 6, Herat 4, Ghazni 4 and Nangarhar 2. It brings the total affected people to 714 with 23 deaths and 40 covered, the ministry confirmed. Meanwhile the ministry called anixty behind increasing death toll in the country.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has handed over a batch of 22,000 Covid-19 test and protection kits, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Tuesday.
A statement from the MoPH said it received the materials from WHO representative for Afghanistan Dr. Rik Peeperkorn on Monday.
The equipment and supplies included personal protective equipment such as 10,000 gowns, 600 packs of gloves, 1,500 clear plastic face shields, 200 soft frame goggles.
According to the statement, the aid also contained 60 packs of respiratory masks, 100 infra-red thermometers, 1200 packs of surgical masks, 60 packs of respiratory masks and 20 packs of bio-hazard bags.
Supplementary kits of emergency medicine that will cater 120,000 patients, hospital equipment, 27 beds, 31 Oxygen concentrators: 21 intubation and 11 autoclaves and consumables.
Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Dr. Firozuddin Firoz welcomed delivery of the important equipment and hailed WHO as an important friend and partner.
It comes as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved immediate debt relief for 25 countries – including Afghanistan – aimed to help these countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am pleased to say that our Executive Board approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of the IMF’s member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) as part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s managing director said.
She added that the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) can currently provide about US$500 million in grant-based debt service relief, including the recent US$185 million pledge by the U.K. and US$100 million provided by Japan as immediately available resources.
“I urge other donors to help us replenish the Trust’s resources and boost further our ability to provide additional debt service relief for a full two years to our poorest member countries,” Kristalina noted.
It comes as the total cases of the novel Coronavirus hike to 1,934,125 with 120,437 deaths and 456,589 recovered.
The Kabul Times