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Herat discharges first recovered coronavirus patient

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KABUL: Amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak around the world, it’s important to remember most who become infected recover from the illness. There are officially seven positive cases in Afghanistan, where the first patient in western Herat province has recovered and sent home.

New data had showed that nearly 70,000 people have recovered from the infection since the outbreak kicked off in late December. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 68,000 people have recovered from the virus so far, as the number of cases worldwide has surpassed 127,000. 

The first case has surfaced in Herat and the infected came from Iran—a country in which hundreds of people died of virus and other tens of thousands were infected.

The cases have jumped to seven now, according to the ministry of public health. A number of suspected cases were also reported and it will take 24 hours to define.

Herat Public Health Director, said three more test of the infected person will be conducted in their homes and possible will be cured.

If these tests were negative, the patients would be discharged in a special ceremony, provincial health officials said.

The embassy of China in Kabul offered help to the ministry of public to sufficiently fight against the virus. China—the source of virus outbreak, has almost succeeded to cure the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says those that experience mild illness typically recover from the illness in about two weeks, while those who experience a more severe illness could take up to six weeks to recover. 

“The most commonly reported symptoms included fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, and most patients (80%) experienced mild illness,” WHO said. “Approximately 14 percent experienced severe disease and 5 percent were critically ill.”

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