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Increasing concerns over spike in new COVID-19 cases

By: Shukria Kohistani

KABUL: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reports on precautious measures to prevent 3rd wave of COVID-19 at a time that in the last 24 hours 1,566 cases have been recorded and 30 people died in Afghanistan while 181 patients have recovered.
As a precautious measure, the MoPH has recently opened the 2nd Covid-19 hospital in Kabul with 100 beds in Qasaba area, PD-15 Kabul city, equipped with modern facilities. Prior to this Afghan-Japan hospital was allocated for this purpose.
During the opening function, acting minister of Public Health, Dr. Waheed Majroh strongly warned about potential risk of COVID-19 third wave and necessity of observing medial instructions.
It has been said that the 3rd wave may reach to its peak in two weeks in Afghanistan. MoPH official data clearly show that the 3rd wave has taken ascending course. Based on last week data, every day in average 660 new patients of covid-19 were indentified and registered. While in the wake of increasing violences, Covid-19 cases have also peaked, the mortality rate due to Covid-19 has been registered 20 people on daily basis. Kabul situation is chaotic as at present there are over 4000 active Covid-19 patients exist in capital city and according to mortality rate, also Kabul tops other provinces with more deaths and thus the capital city has accommodated one third of affected and deaths. At present more occasions particularly wedding parties are being organized here despite of medical instructions.
On Thursday May 27.2021 Kabul municipality declared that owners of wedding halls are not allowed to reserve their halls for more than one week and wedding parties will be stopped in the capital city from the next week.
Mortality and affection data have also increased in Nangarhar and Kandahar due to close bordering with Pakistan.
Although the presidential palace has returned Covid-19 to agenda of its meetings but no decisive decision has been taken yet. MoPH spokesman Dastagir Nazari confirms that on Monday the highest daily Covid-19 data was recorded since the outbreak and thus the alarm has been ringing.
MoPH says that imposing restriction and quarantine is part of their plan. Proportionate to the situation, the officials in charge present their suggestions to Arg and then measures are implemented.
According to ministry, data on corona cases are increasing and in two weeks the 3rd wave will approach its peak.
MoPH officials said that they would receive Chinese committed vaccines in coming days but receiving of 16 million doses of COVAX vaccines is time consuming and the world community has promised it for Aug 2021.

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