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COVID-19 update: Afghanistan’s cases reach 2,349

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(Last Updated On: May 1, 2020)

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed Friday that 178 new positive cases of Coronavirus have been registered in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Public Health said that Kandahar, Kabul, and Herat have had the most positive cases of Coronavirus in the past day. 

Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, added that four people had died from the coronavirus virus in the past 24 hours, and another 50 have recovered.

According to Mayar, 45 cases in Kandahar, 44 cases in Kabul, 24 cases in Herat, 13 cases in Baghlan, 14 cases in Paktia, 6 cases in Nangarhar and Jawzjan, 5 cases in Kapisa, 4 cases in Balkh, Badghis, and Bamyan, 3 cases in Laghman and Samangan, 2 cases in Maidan Wardak, and 1 case in Parwan and Nuristan were recorded in the past 24 hours.

It brings the total affected people to 2,349 in Afghanistan.

“The crisis is huge, and if the advanced health care systems have faced trouble due to Coronavirus, then Afghanistan could face more seriously,” said Wahidullah Mayar.

In response to the introduction of Minister of Public Health, Firoozuddin Firuz, to the Attorney General’s Office, Mayar said that they are willing to hold the Afghan people accountable.

“We are not afraid to be introduced to the prosecutor’s office. We are ready to share details on every penny we have spent,” said Mayar.

According to the ministry, so far, 68 people have died of the Coronavirus since the outbreak of the coronavirus and another 310 have recovered.

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Leading tennis player charged with assaulting ex-wife

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Nikoloz Basilashvili, a leading tennis player has been sued by his ex-wife for assault, CNN reports.

A statement from the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia indicates that Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is ranked No. 27 in the world, was charged with violence against Neli Dorokashvili.

Although an investigation into the criminal case is ongoing, Basilashvili was released on a bail of $31,300 and is due to return to court on July 16 for the next hearing.

In a statement on Basilashvili’s Facebook page posted after he posted bail, his legal representatives said the allegations are “false and totally unsubstantiated.”

The couple, who have a five-year-old son together, divorced last year.

His lawyers have said, “We would like to ensure Nikoloz Basilashvili’s fans that video footage already submitted to the court evidences our client’s position and fully discharges him from the abovementioned untrue allegations.”

On the other hand, Dorokashvili’s lawyer says there is evidence to support her claims, noting “There are people who are witness to their relationship. There are some video records and audio records. There also some transcripts, there are dialogues of phone text messages and so forth.”

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Twitter disabled Trump’s video tribute to Floyd for copyright reasons

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Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform.

On a copyright complaint, Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, news agencies report.

A Twitter representative has said, “We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,”

The clip is said to be a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, with Trump’s voiceover.

The three-minute 45-second video is still on YouTube, with over 60,000 views and 13,000 likes – it was tweeted by Trump’s campaign on June 3.

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Afghanistan records highest Coronavirus death toll in single day

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Nine people have died of Coronavirus in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry.

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said that three people in Balkh, two in Herat, two in Samangan, and two others in Kunduz lost life after suffering COVID-19.

According to the statement, 915 people were tested positive for the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The cases were registered as follow: 423 in Kabul, 201 in Herat, 116 in Balkh, 29 in Kunduz, 23 in Kunar, 21 in Kandahar, 21 in Farah, 21 in Sar-e-Pul, 20 in Helmand, 15 in Samangan, 11 in Paktia, 7 in Nangarhar, 4 in Maidan Wardak, and three in Laghman, the statement said.

It brings the total affected people to 18,969 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 178 people have recovered and fully discharged from the hospitals, bringing the total recoveries to 1,763, the ministry added.

So far, 309 people have died of the virus since its first case was detected in western Herat province.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health stated that the decision to fight the Coronavirus is in the hands of the people – any negligence could lead to a serious humanitarian crisis.

In addition, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that the country is in the worst condition in the fight against the Coronavirus. He also has said that some of his family members and colleagues have been infected by the virus, urging people to abide by the health guidelines and measures.

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