By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: In a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday afternoon, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that government was ready to contain the third wave of the COVID-19 in the county, however Afghanistan sees increasing number of new positive cases, as the country registered 1566 cases in past 24 hours.
While discussing the government’s preparations to curb the third wave of the outbreak of coronavirus, the president listened to MoPH officials’ plans, the statement added.
Evaluating the report of the Ministry of Public Health on resource management, future steps, increasing coordination and identifying limitations, President Ghani said that the government is fully prepared to curb the third wave of the Coronavirus and that international health institutions are cooperating effectively and efficiently and fully implement their commitments to Afghanistan.
The acting minister of public health and relevant officials presented a report on their preparations to curb the third wave of the coronavirus, saying that using the experience of the past two waves of the virus, there was sufficient capacity in (PCR) tests and timely delivery of oxygen to patients.
The president said that the Ministry of Public Health’s proposal to eliminate the shortage of medicines and medical equipment would be addressed urgently, adding that provincial administrations should be more cohesive while informing the people and clarifying their responsibilities for the effective use of resources.
This comes as Afghanistan recorded 1,566 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 5,032 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 30 deaths and 181 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.
The new cases were reported in provinces of Kabul (482), Balkh (144), Kandahar (151), Herat (22), Nangarhar (47), Takhar (54), Baghlan (7), Kunduz (66), Faryab (13), Nimruz (103), Parwan (199), Helmand (14), Paktia (14), Maidan Wardak (31), Badakhshan (19) Laghman (19), Kapisa (53), Bamyan (8), Ghazni (20), Daikundi (6), Panjshir (34), Badghis (1), Zabul (2), Ghor (9), Uruzgan (3), Khost (5), Sar-e-Pul (29), Paktika (8) and Jawzjan (20).
Deaths were reported in the provinces of Kabul (19), Balkh (2), Nangarhar (2), Baghlan (1), Helmand (1), Maidan Wardak (1), Logar (1), Ghazni (2) and Jawzjan (1). The ministry reported that the cumulative total of known COVID-19 cases is 73,256, the total number of reported deaths is 2,974, and the total number of recoveries is 57,630.
So far, 474,132 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 12,652 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 3,541,881 and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 170,377,345.