The Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday that 56 new positive coronavirus cases were registered in the country in the past 24 hours.
Positive coronavirus cases recorded in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours: Herat (27), Kabul (12), Kandahar (10), Balkh (5) and Nangarhar (2).
Out of 140 samples tested for COVID-19 in past 24 hours, 27 were positive (21 men and 6 women), a spokesman for the provincial health department said on Tuesday.
The total cases in Herat is 257.
With this, the total number of positive cases in Afghanistan is 423.
At least 11 people are reported dead from coronavirus in Afghanistan, and 18 others have recovered.
74,808 people have died of coronavirus across the world so far, according to Johns Hopkins University (jhu.edu).
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The number of confirmed cases across more than 180 countries has risen to 1,347,892, according to JHU, and 284,802 people have recovered so far.
Meanwhile, Waheed Omer, an adviser to the president (who has handed over responsibility for the Coronavirus Awareness Committee to the Ministry of Public Health), says $15 million dollars has been spent by the ministry to fight the virus.
“After this, the Ministry of Health will take the responsibility. 77 million afghanis were allocated for us and we spent 27 million afghanis of that amount, and we save about 50 million afghanis that we did not spend and we will request the Ministry of Finance to transfer the remaining amount to the Ministry of Health,” added Omer.
But some critics say that despite spending huge sums of money, fundamental work has not been done to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“A lot of money and budget that were allocated to the Coronavirus Awareness Committee has been wasted, while our doctor in Herat and Kabul hospitals is unfortunately threatened, even due to the lack of masks and gloves, and in one or two cases they (doctors) lost their lives,” said Wahid Paiman, a journalist.
Sources confirmed to TOLOnews that a Kabul traffic police official infected with COVID-19 has refused to be hospitalized, and for this his family members and several others have been infected with the virus.