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206 COVID cases reported in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: April 28, 2021)

The Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday reported 206 new cases of COVID-19 out of 1,877 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

The ministry also reported seven deaths and 180 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.

The new cases were reported in Nangarhar (78), Kandahar (34), Kabul (20), Khost (15), Balkh (6), Takhar (2), Kunduz (3), Paktia (6), Parwan (9), Maidan Wardak (13), Kunar (1), Laghman (9), Panjshir (2), Zabul (2) and Nuristan (6).

The ministry reported that the cumulative total of known COVID-19 cases is 59,576, the total number of reported deaths is 2,618, and the total number of recoveries is 52,974.

So far, 400,412 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 3,984 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, data by the ministry indicates.

This comes amid a “tsunami” of cases in India, which is crippling the health care system.

Recently acting health minister Wahid Majrooh said that during meetings with provincial public health directors, the issue of Indian flights to Afghanistan, restrictions on passenger traffic at Pakistan-Iran border, gathering restrictions, & activation of emergency committees were discussed.

Majrooh added that these issues will be shared with the leadership of the government and the Security Council so that a decision can be made.

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Universities to reopen once students and staff have been vaccinated

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(Last Updated On: July 24, 2021)

The Afghan government announced Saturday that the ministries of public health, higher education and education have agreed that class-based lectures for university and college students will gradually resume over the next two weeks.

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) said that the first step will see all students and teaching staff get COVID-19 vaccines before classes resume.

“Class-based lessons will restart gradually at all institutions registered with the MoHE,” said Hamid Obaidi, spokesman for the MoHE adding that classes will first resume in provinces that have a low coronavirus infection rate.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education said that school examinations will start during this solar month.

According to the ministry, a decision has yet to be made on resuming classroom lessons for school students.

“The examination process will take time because we want to hold exams in many shifts to avoid large gatherings,” said Najiba Arian, a spokeswoman for the MoE.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that the impact of people having travelled around the country over Eid al-Adha will also determine the COVID-19 situation within the next week.

This comes after the MoPH reported 32 deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours across Afghanistan.

The MoPH said 203 new infections were registered in the mentioned time.

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Olympics-Athlete COVID-19 infections rise in Tokyo

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(Last Updated On: July 18, 2021)

Tokyo Olympics organisers on Sunday reported three new cases of COVID-19 infection among athletes, up from one new case a day earlier, as the population of the athlete’s village swells ahead of the start of the pandemic-hit Games next week.

Organisers reported 10 new cases connected to the Olympics including media, contractors and other personnel, down from 15 on Saturday.

An International Olympic Committee member from South Korea tested positive for the coronavirus on landing in Tokyo. Ryu Seung-min, a former Olympic athlete, is vaccinated, reflecting the infection risk even from vaccinated attendees.

Infection rates are climbing among the general population of the capital, topping 1,000 new cases for four consecutive days. Polls show many Japanese oppose holding the Games with the influx of overseas visitors it entails.

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First COVID case found at athletes’ village, stoking fears ahead of Olympics

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Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday a person has tested positive for COVID-19 at the athletes’ village, the first case at a site where most competitors will be staying, raising new doubts over promises of a “safe and secure” Games.

The organisers confirmed that a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games had tested positive during a routine test on Friday, Reuters reported.

The person’s nationality was not revealed due to privacy concerns.

The Summer Olympics are taking place from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

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