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Latest Updates: COVID-19 in Afghanistan--March 16

9:30pm GMT

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.

8:50pm GMT

A new case of coronavirus was diagnosed in Herat, said the Public Health Ministry. With this the total number of reported cases is 22.

8:20pm GMT

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."

5:50pm GMT

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.

5:15pm GMT

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.

3:50pm GMT

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)

Latest Updates: COVID-19 in Afghanistan--March 16

The Public Health Ministry on Monday reported six new cases of the coronavirus in Afghanistan. The total is now 22.

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9:30pm GMT

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.

8:50pm GMT

A new case of coronavirus was diagnosed in Herat, said the Public Health Ministry. With this the total number of reported cases is 22.

8:20pm GMT

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."

5:50pm GMT

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.

5:15pm GMT

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.

3:50pm GMT

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)

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