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Coronavirus outbreak threatening Afghanistan & world

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By: Suraya Raiszada

Following increasing of the coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak in the world where hundreds of people have lost their lives so far, Afghanistan has asked for preventive measures to control the virus in the country.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in an extraordinary meeting has ordered all relevant government institutions to take overall and necessary steps through media, religious ulamas and experts to control the virus in the country.
The country’s President has asked for countrywide campaign, cooperation and public awareness in connection with prevention from the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs has said that it has cancelled all foreign visits to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country, stressing that visa issue to foreign citizens has been limited, but only issued during dire circumstances.
Also, leaders from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held a video conference the other day to coordinate their efforts on fighting the new coronavirus outbreak in the South Asian countries.
During a video conference, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said attention should be paid to find a clear mechanism for controlling and preventing the coronavirus outbreak in the region.
Afghanistan ministry of public health says necessary programs are underway for prevention and controlling the coronavirus outbreak in the country as health teams have been appointed in borders and airports to check and screen foreign citizens as well as Afghans entering Afghanistan.
Based on public relations and media department of the MoPH, passengers are screened in airports in accordance to the MoPH program and in case of any suspicious signs of the coronavirus, passengers are quarantined.
Following the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Afghanistan government by taking the first step to control it has postponed all education and higher education institutions and sports programs, asking all to prevent from any gatherings.
This comes amid of increasing positive cases of the virus in Afghanistan as five new positive coronavirus cases have been reported in Afghanistan, bringing the total to 21, according to the ministry of public health. The five new cases include two in Herat, two in Logar and one in Badghis provinces. 263 samples were tested, out of which 21 were positive, according to the ministry. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is characterized by mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. Illness can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill. Following the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has asked the Taliban group to provide facility to the MoPH health teams for delivering health services in their controlled areas. Taliban have not commented in this regard so far. 

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