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Positive cases of Coronavirus rise to 281 – Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: April 3, 2020)

The Ministry of Public Health announced that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has jumped to 281, with six deaths in Afghanistan.

The Ministry said that most of the affected individuals were recorded in Herat and Kabul provinces.

According to the latest statistics, 20 new cases were diagnosed in Herat, 14 cases in Kabul, one in Nimroz, one in Ghor and one new case in eastern Nangarhar province.

Out of 281 cases, 204 of them were registered in Herat, 32 cases were recorded in Kabul and the rest were reported in 19 provinces of the country.

It comes as the World Bank donated 100.4 million USD to Afghanistan to fight COVID-19.

The press release of the World Bank said that the fund is donated to Afghanistan to take effective actions to fight Coronavirus and boost the Health structure of Afghanistan.

“This new fast track package will cover all 34 Afghan provinces and reinforce essential health care services to slow down the spread of COVID-19 across Afghanistan and deliver optimum care in the case of a surge in demand for treatment,” the World Bank said.

Meanwhile, Waheedullah Mayar, the MOPH Spokesperson said, “the MOPH appreciates the World Bank’s aids and urges it to make available the fund as soon as possible for the people of Afghanistan.”

President Ashraf Ghani also said that COVID-19 is not only a pandemic, but also a big stroke to the World’s economy, emphasizing that a two-headed government can not overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

In the meantime, the United Nations Aids Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement said that one of its employees was tested positive for Coronavirus in Herat.

The UNAMA reiterated its commitment to continue its support to Afghanistan for fighting the COVID-19.

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Leading tennis player charged with assaulting ex-wife

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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2020)

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 layers 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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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2020)

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.

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