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Afghanistan turns palace into isolation ward; Virus cases soar past 933

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KABUL: Darul-Aman, the newly rehabilitated palace has turned into an isolation ward for the covid-19 patients as the pandemic getting serious in Afghanistan with fragile health system.

Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Saturday said that it has established a 200-bed quarantine center in the palace as the wild spread of the virus is in the curve.

Speaking at inauguration event, Health Minister Ferozudin Feroz said this 200-bed center would use as a care facility for those covid-19 infected patients that are in good health condition but need to be isolated from society and family members.

It is not a hospital, he said. “It is a care facility center, where number of health personnel will be available to help patients when required.”

Meanwhile, the minister has informed about fresh 27 positive cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

12 positive cases of recorded in Kabul, seven in Paktia, four in Logar, two in Herat and one cases in each Bamyan and Daykundi provinces, the minister said.

The total cases have jumped to 933 across Afghanistan. “13 people have recovered and unfortunately three died of covid-19 pandemic in the past 24 hours,” the minister said, adding recovery percentages have increased to around 12 percent and fatalities is around 3.2 percent.

111 patients have fully recovered so far, while 30 others died, the ministry of public health said.

To effectively fight the virus, Kabul and other provinces are under strict lockdown for another three weeks. As coronavirus mobility is in upward condition day by day, Mr. Feroz has called on the people to follow strictly lockdown in order to reduce the risk of the epidemic.

Terming lockdown effective, Dr. Feroz said people must be cooperative with the government to overcome this health crisis. While not rejecting directly the rumors of seeking covid-19 test by powerful figures for families and their-self, the Minister said there were some such issues in some provinces.

Cooperation between government and related health origination is “very good”, he said, adding people’s support with the government is vital in the fight against the virus.

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