Officials at the Afghan-Japan hospital said on Thursday they have stopped testing for COVID-19 because they are overwhelmed by requests. This announcement comes as the number of confirmed cases in the country has reached 840.
According to officials, the hospital will accept new cases when they finish the current backlog.
“Workload is very high. The laboratory has the capacity to test 300 cases in 24 hours, but we have thousands of samples,” said Mohammad Khan Hedayat, a doctor in the Afghan-Japan hospital.
Meanwhile, relatives of some people infected by COVID-19 said they have been waiting 10 days for the test results.
“My son is ill, he is now at home. It is the 12th day that I am waiting for the result,” said Qalamudine, a relative of an infected person.
“We brought the patient at 2:00. They said that he is infected by the virus,” said Nasratullah, another relative of the infected person.
Zalmay Aryaee, a brother to Yousuf Aryaee--a doctor who died from the coronavirus--said:
“My family is in danger. My two brothers are martyred. My sister is also martyred. I am also faced with death."
“Unfortunately, the crisis is getting deeper day by day. More cases of infections are being reported,” said Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
This comes as the officials of the MoPH said that coronavirus cases increased to 840 on Thursday, and 30 people have died from the disease and 54 people have recovered.