Ahmad Jawad Osmani, acting minister of public health, who visited the western province of Herat on Saturday said that the second wave of COVID-19 might grip the country as the weather is getting colder.
Osmani said that cold weather, air pollution and seasonal diseases are among the key factors that could lead to a second wave of the virus.
“According to statistical calculations that were carried out in some European countries and the United States, the outbreak will much higher in winter compared to summer. there is a strong possibility that we face a second wave,” said Osmani.
Osmani said that the Ministry of Health has got enough financial resources to tackle the second wave.
“If we faced a second wave of the coronavirus in the country, there is no serious concern about the medicine, equipment and oxygen,” Osmani said.
Herat officials said the positive cases of COVID-19 among the people have increased over the past two weeks.
“We have seen a slight increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus over the last two weeks. More patients have been admitted to the hospitals. There are around 80 patients at hospitals and COVID-19 cases have increased,” said Dr. Abdul Hakim Tamanna, head of Herat provincial hospital.
Doctors warned that the second wave of the coronavirus will be more deadly than the first wave if the people do not follow health advice.
Abdul Manan Azadmanish, head of Herat COVID-19 hospital said that elderly people and those who were not infected in the first wave will be more at risk if a second wave occurs.
“Those who have respiratory diseases or are suffering from other illnesses are most at risk if there is a second wave,” he said.
Concerns have been raised about the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus in the country at a time that all health restrictions have been lifted in Afghanistan. All public places, wedding halls, schools, universities, and markets have reopened.
Latest COVID-19 figures in Afghanistan
The Ministry of Public Health on Saturday reported 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 95 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
No recoveries or deaths were reported by the ministry in the last 24 hours.
There are reports of a second wave of the coronavirus in Herat province—the province where the first case of COVID-19 was reported in February. The Ministry of Public Health so far has not confirmed the reports.
According to data by the Public Health Ministry, 108,193 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,906 known active COVID-19 cases in the country.
The number of total cases is now 38,919, the total reported deaths is 1,437, and the total number of recoveries is 32,576.
The new cases were reported in Balkh (17), Nangarhar (3) and Kunar (2) provinces.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 951,841, total recoveries are 20,781,266, and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 30,504,864, according to Johns Hopkins University.