By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Waheed Majroh, the acting minister of public health, said on Thursday that Afghanistan will face a disaster soon if people don’t pay attention to health protocols relating to COVID-19.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday in Kabul, Majroh said that people must wear masks.
“We will face a disaster soon if people don’t pay attention to health advice by the Ministry of Public Health,” Majroh said adding that: “Creating health centers and beds is not the solution” to fight COVID19.
Majroh also said the ministry is trying to address the oxygen shortage problem in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. “We are faced with a lack of oxygen, and we are trying to resolve the situation and supply oxygen (to hospitals) in Kabul and Mazar.”
Majroh once again urged people to wear masks and avoid leaving home unnecessarily. “People must wear masks and people should stay at home for two weeks, especially those who don’t need to go out for urgent work.” Majroh said.
This comes as the Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 1,310 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 3,811 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 36 deaths and 55 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.
The new cases were reported in provinces of Kabul (330), Kandahar (55), Herat (41), Balkh (106), Nangarhar (85), Takhar (55), Kunduz (138), Baghlan (33), Faryab (14), Paktia (29), Maidan Wardak (71), Badakhshan (60), Laghman (2), Bamiyan (22), Kunar (12), Panjshir (128), Zabul (10), Ghor (4), Uruzgan (17), Farah (Paktika (48), Sar-e-Pul (44) and Samangan (6).
Deaths were reported in Kabul (10), Herat (3), Balkh (7), Kandahar (6), Nangarhar (2), Paktia (2), Maidan Wardak (1), Badakhshan (2), Logar (2), and Paktika (1) provinces.
The ministry reported that the cumulative total of known COVID-19 cases is 77,963, the total number of reported deaths is 3,104, and the total number of recoveries is 58,125.
So far, 488,824 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 16,741 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, data by the ministry indicates.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 3,702,028 and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 172,170,058.