By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said the other day that it has successfully wrapped up the first round of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign as the country prepares for the third peak of the virus.
The health ministry spokesman said that China will soon send more COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan. “700,000 doses of vaccine will arrive from China to Afghanistan, with the arrival of those doses we will continue with our vaccination campaign,” said Dastagir Nazari, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.
Meanwhile, doctors at the Afghan-Japan hospital have said that the number of COVID-19 patients is increasing and urged the public to follow health guidelines.
“The statistics have doubled compared to the past two weeks across Afghanistan,” said Zalmay Rishtin, the head of the Afghan-Japan hospital in Kabul.
This comes as the Ministry of Public Health on Friday reported 977 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 3,800 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 18 deaths and 157 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.
The new cases were reported in Kabul (350), Herat (7), Kandahar (63), Balkh (99), Nangarhar (30), Takhar (41), Baghlan (20), Kunduz (56), Nimroz (6), Faryab (8), Parwan (69), Logar 50), Ghazni (27), Laghman (25), Panjshir (20), Zabul (2), Uruzgan (13), Khost (3) and Nuristan (10) provinces. Deaths were reported in Kabul (10), Kandahar (5), Balkh (1), Kunduz (1) and Logar (1) provinces. The ministry reported that the cumulative total of known COVID-19 cases is 70,107, the total number of reported deaths is 2,899, and the total number of recoveries is 57,119.
So far, 462,860 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 10,089 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 3,511,570 and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 168,979,381.