Afghanistan warns of a lurking Coronavirus crisis!
Officials in Afghanistan have warned that there is a Coronavirus pandemic that is about to break loose in the country.
In the past 24 hours, Afghanistan has reported 761 new positive Coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of New Coronavirus infections in Afghanistan to almost 20,000.
After a recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the government of Afghanistan is now saying that they are running short of hospital beds.
Health Minister Ahmad Jawad Osmani said:
“Our (hospital) beds are almost full, we won’t have any more capacity very soon.”
Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is at the moment, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Mohammad Yakub Haidary, the governor of Kabul, said in a press conference, that it could be that in Kabul itself, there may be around a million Novel Coronavirus cases.
Mohammad Yakub Haidary added that reports were there of bodies being buried at night and as such, it was very hard to make an official count of the number of people who are dying because of the Coronavirus pandemic in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Yakub Haidary, Kabul governor said:
“We have reports of increasing suspected deaths, people burying dead bodies at night. We fill 10-15 ambulances of dead people every day.”
Reports state that just like other countries, a nationwide lockdown had been issued by the government of Afghanistan. But these orders were mostly ignored by the people of the country. Daily wage earners in Afghanistan chose to take their chances on the streets, as they needed to earn money.
Ahmad Jawad Osmani, Health Minister of Afghanistan, said that over the coming 3 months, Coronavirus restrictions would be enforced strictly and people would be made to keep social distancing, as well as wear masks.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), said in a statement that a majority of the Coronavirus suspected people in Afghanistan, are not being tested.
The IRC said in a statement:
“Between 80 to 90 percent of potential cases are not being tested.”
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