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COVID-19 positive cases rapidly increasing, tally reaches 1,330 in Afghanistan

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By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The positive cases of the coronavirus rapidly increasing as the total cases reached 1,330 with 95 new cases reported on Friday amid a serious shortage of testing supplies and treatment equipment in the country’s health centers.

Of the 95 cases, 53 were reported in Kandahar, 11 in Kabul, 10 in Takhar, 5 in Panjshir, 5 in Nangarhar, 3 in Herat, 2 in Farah, 1 in Laghman, 1 in Daikundi and 1 positive case was reported in Parwan.

In the last 24 hours, five patients recovered in Herat and four recovered in Kandahar, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 188.

Also, one death was reported in Kandahar, bringing the total number of deaths in Afghanistan to 43.

So far, according to the ministry data, 7,425 samples have been tested – including 339 samples tested on April 23.

The minister of public health has in many occasions vowed to increase the testing capacity to 1,000 to 2,000 tests a day, but daily reports from the ministry show that a maximum of only 600 samples are tested in 24 hours.

The public health minister last week said they are faced with lack of RNA extraction kits, which are the key to conducting a COVID-19 test.

 

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