Afghanistan reports 556 Covid-19 cases and 20 new deaths in last 24 hours

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has confirmed 556 coronavirus cases and 20 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The total official figure of covid-19 cases has now jumped to 24,766 and the overall death of the pandemic has reached 471.

The capital Kabul followed by Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Paktia are respectively the hardest hit provinces.

The total number of positive cases has reached 24,766 in the country, according to official record.

According to the MoPH, with 524 covid-19 patients recovered over past 24 hours the total number of those patients who have recovered from the covid-19 disease has reached 4,725.

This comes as the newly appointed caretaker of the health ministry, Ahmad Jawad Usmani, has announced that the ministry is no longer capable of conducting laboratory tests for applicants symptomatic of Covid-19. He added that the testing process will be shifted from laboratory tests to clinical tests.

Moreover, according to a newly developed plan for the fight against coronavirus, the MoPH has allowed private hospitals to test suspicious people for the covid-19 and take them under medical treatment.

Head of Afghanistan private hospitals union, Fardeen Gharman, has told Kabul Now that the price of providing health care for Covid-19 patients ranges between afghanis 2,000 to afghanis 9,000 in private hospitals.

The MoPH has been urging the people to take preventive measures announced by the ministry to evade contagion of coronavirus.