TOLOnews 10pm News 29 March 2020
The positive cases of COVID-19 reached 145 in Afghanistan after three people tested positive for the virus on Sunday, said Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz, who added that the cases are increasing and that his institution does not have access to the required budget to fight the pandemic.
Two of the new cases were in Herat while another was in Nimroz. Both provinces share borders with Iran where the coronavirus has killed thousands of people. Four members of NATO’s Resolute Support mission are also among those who have contracted the virus in Afghanistan.
The lockdown in Kabul began on Saturday, and a number of physicians serving in public hospitals called on residents to stay at home and follow health advice in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the country, where so far 120 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Stay at home. Only one of your family members should go outside to shop or for other purposes--and they should wear a mask and gloves and when they return home they should throw out their mask and gloves and wash their shoes as well and then they can enter the home,” said Assadullah Esmat, head of the infectious diseases hospital in Kabul.