Afghanistan records 545 new COVID-19 cases

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A Medical Worker in Herat

Afghanistan has recorded 545 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths on Monday as Kabul recorded lowest number of new infections in more than a month.

The latest update takes total number of transmissions in Afghanistan to 15,750, and the death toll to 265. There have been 1,428 recoveries.

Most of the new cases on Monday were detected in the western province of Herat, which is the country’s worst affected area in number of deaths.

The capital, Kabul which is Afghanistan’s worst affected area by number of infections, with 6,212 confirmed cases, has reported a record low day in the number of new infections for more than a month as health ministry recorded 66 new cases out 333 tests. Yesterday, the number of new infections in Kabul was 371.

Wahid Majroh, deputy health minister said on Sunday that the the virus is spreading so fast in Afghanistan because people continue to break lockdown regulations. “We can control the pandemic in around four weeks if people cooperate, but in the case which witness Kabul’s streets these days, the catastrophe will spread more” Majroh said.

He said the situation in Afghanistan is critical and asked all health workers of the country to join the health ministry to help the fight against coronavirus.

The situation in southern province of Kandahar is increasingly concerning as no suspected patient had been tested in around three weeks, due to a problem in the testing process that has generated a huge backlog.

Health officials have been sending samples from suspected patients to nearby provinces such as Helmand. Majroh said he has instructed the health sector of Kandahar and nearby provinces to send samples to Kabul.

Elsewhere in the country, eastern province of Nangarhar and northern province of Balkh, which saw a surge in number of new infections, recorded 96 new cases combined.