The Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday that the first person to recover from COVID-19 has returned home, as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 reachs 22 in Afghanistan.
The recovered person is a resident of Herat province and is now quarantined at his home.
“The first case has recovered. He is now in quarantine at his home,” Said Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.
Concerns grow as thousands of Afghans return from Iran to Afghanistan daily, with only their temperature checked at the border.
Transportation companies are also concerned about the repatriation of Afghans from Iran.
“We have only two doctors at the border. I don't want to go home because maybe I am infected by the virus,” said Noor Mohammad, who has returned to Afghanistan from Iran.
“A (suspected person) should be investigated, otherwise it will spread to all of Afghanistan,” said Fazal Mohammad, head of the Kabul-Herat Transportation company.
On the other hand, Ilyas Ghoryani, a national trader, has given the the use of three buildings to the Ministry of Public Health to fight COVID-19.
“There are three buildings--two apartments that have 264 rooms,” said Ghoryani.
Abdullah Abdullah said that the virus can’t be stopped except by national unity.
“We should not expect the Ministry of Public Health to solve all our problems. We should cooperate with each other socially,” said Abdullah.
Doctors advised people to use masks, soap and avoid shaking hands and touching eyes, nose and face.
According to the doctor, food with vitamin C is important to fight the virus.