Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen in a tweet offers cooperation with "all international health organizations and WHO" in fighting the coronavirus. He calls on international humanitarian and health organizations "to pay special attention to the health of thousands" of Taliban prisoners.
A new case of coronavirus was diagnosed in Herat, said the Public Health Ministry. With this the total number of reported cases is 22.
President Ghani in a meeting with the Chinese envoy in Kabul, Wang Yu, discussed ways to fight COVID-19 and said Afghanistan wants to "learn from China’s experience."
The head of Herat's public health directorate, Abdul Hakim Tamanna, said 38 patients fled the regional hospital and one of them had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said 17 others remain in isolation in the Herat regional hospital.
The Ministry of Interior in a statement warns local investors against price-gouging and hoarding commodities amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has rapidly increased prices in Kabul markets. Today the price of flour doubled with the announcement that roadways with Pakistan were no longer open.
Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz at a press conference gives an update on the coronavirus.
So far, 8.5 million Afs have been sent to Herat to fight the coronavirus, Feroz said.
He says a new 300-bed hospital will be built in Herat to deal with COVID-19 cases. He says the capacity of the health facilities in Herat will increase to 1,000 beds.
Feroz says the laboratory in Kabul has the capacity to diagnose COVID-19.
Feroz says one kit that is used for 50 people costs $1,500 and “we have 30,000 of these kits.”
10:34 AM GMT
21 Cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan: Health Ministry (Read story here)