By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: More than 5,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus across Afghanistan, health authorities said Wednesday, with the capital Kabul the epicentre of the deadly disease.
The Ministry of Public Health announced on Wednesday that 259 new coronavirus cases were reported in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 5,226.
In the past 24 hours, 259 out of 619 tests came back positive, according to Wahid Majroh, deputy minister of Health.
The new cases have been reported in Kabul (27), Balkh (49), Nangarhar (23), Takhar (25), Kandahar (29), Herat (22), Nimruz (3), Badghis (8), Logar (6), Laghman (1), Wardak (6), Helmand (2), Bamiyan (2), Ghor (1), Farah (2), Baghlan (6), Kunduz (3), Jawzjan (7), Panjshir (5), Faryab (4), Parwan (10), Zabul (3), Kunar (10) and Daikundi (5).
Five people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the known national death toll to 132.
The total number of recoveries is 648.
So far 18,724 people have been tested in the country.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 291,981, and 4,262,799 have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Cases are rising amid a nationwide lockdown that has been widely ignored, as impoverished Afghans — many of them surviving on meagre day-to-day wages — choose to seek work rather than stay home.
Meanwhile addressing the press together with Public Health Minister, deputy minister of publications for Ministry of Information and Culture, Abdul Manan Shiway Sharq said that his ministry could establish better coordination with provincial directorates on raising awareness for prevention and controlling of the fatal diseases.
He also said that ministry of information and culture to hold videoconferences with provincial governors and get to know more of their activities as well as share them with public. He also stressed on ulema and families’ key role in fight against Coronavirus.