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Health ministry warns of spike in COVID over Eid if nation ignores health protocols

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Wahid Majrooh the acting health minister said that with the arrival of Eid al-Adha, the number of positive cases of corona virus will increase in the country.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Majrooh urge the citizens of the country to refrain from traveling, shaking hands and attending crowded places during Eid.

“The coronavirus in the country is still on the rise and people should listen to the ministry’s recommendations,” Majrooh said.

Majrooh warned the public to “be careful during the Eid days,” adding that “currently our hospitals are 50 to 85 percent filled with patients.”

He warns that if people continue to travel over Eid, COVID will spread, which will lead to more deaths.

“Considering the positive cases and deaths caused by the coronavirus in the country, the people themselves should decide not to travel on Eid days and not to cause a crisis in the country,” Majrooh added.

Majrooh also said that a shortage of oxygen is still a challenge for the ministry.

“We will not be able to provide oxygenated for dozens of other patients if the people do not cooperate and consider the health guidance,” Majrooh said.

Meanwhile Majrooh said that “We will receive new supplies of the vaccine after Eid.”

The Ministry of Public Health on Saturday reported 378 new cases of COVID-19 out of 1,759 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

The ministry also reported 49 deaths and 649 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.

Data by the Public Health Ministry shows that the total number of cases is 140,602, total deaths stand at 6,147 and total recoveries are at 87,612.

The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world stands at 189,570,978 and total deaths are 4,076,356 figures by Johns Hopkins University show.

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Senior IEA official voices concern over Daesh amid ongoing economic crisis

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) designated representative to UN, Suhail Shaheen, has warned the international community that the Afghanistan affiliate of ISIS (ISIS-K) could flourish if the West continues to impose economic sanctions against Afghanistan.

In an interview with Euro News, Shaheen stated that continued economic sanctions have plunged the people of Afghanistan into poverty and that this could pave the way for ISIS-K (also known as Daesh) to recruit fighters.

“The sanctions which have led to poverty in the country, are aggravating the current situation; the humanitarian crisis is providing a recruiting ground for ISIS to benefit from,” Shaheen said.

He added: “I don’t know why they (international community) are helping ISIS by continuing the sanctions and freezing our money which is the wealth of the people of Afghanistan.”

The United States has frozen over $9 billion of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves following the collapse of the former government in mid-August.

Since then, the US and its allies have also imposed strict economic sanctions on Afghanistan, which has exacerbated an already struggling, aid-dependent economy.

Meanwhile, an IEA delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with officials from various Qatari ministries on Friday and discussed a wide range of issues.

Friday’s discussions come ahead of next week’s talks between the IEA delegation and the US special representative Thomas West.

IEA officials said that the Afghan and US delegations would discuss the release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets, humanitarian aid, education, and the reopening of embassies in Kabul among other issues.

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Xiaomi to open car plant in Beijing with annual output of 300,000 vehicles

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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp will build a plant that can produce 300,000 vehicles annually in Beijing for its electric vehicle unit, authorities in the capital said on Saturday.

The plant will be constructed in two phases and Xiaomi will also built its auto unit’s headquarters, sales and research offices in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone, the government-backed economic development agency Beijing E-Town said on its official WeChat account.

Beijing E-Town said it anticipated the plant reaching mass production in 2024, a goal announced by Xiaomi’s Chief Executive Lei Jun in October.

In March, Xiaomi said it would commit to investing $10 billion in a new electric car division over 10 years. The company completed the business registration of its EV unit in late August.

The company has been opening thousands of stores to spur domestic sales growth for its smartphone business but eventually intends to use these shops as a channel for its plans to sell electric vehicles.

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IEA delegation meet with Qatari officials in Doha

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Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) officials said on Friday night that the Afghan delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with officials from various Qatari ministries on Friday and discussed a wide range of issues.
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Friday’s discussions come ahead of next week’s talks between the IEA delegation and the US special representative Thomas West

Officials in Doha, who are accompanying Muttaqi, include representatives from the Ministries of Education, Health, Finance, Security, and Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank).

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesman for the foreign ministry, confirmed the delegation’s meetings and said: “Detailed discussions were held about political, humanitarian, economic and education issues.”

According to Balkhi the Qatari officials pledged to continue to provide aid for Afghans.

“Qatari officials stated they will continue to stand by Afghans and will continue providing aid during the upcoming period,” added Balkhi

According to Balkhi, “IEA delegation thanked Qatar for their assistance and for playing a positive role during the previous negotiations.”

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