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Over half of Covid-19 centers halted operations amid rising infections

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KABUL: Afghan health officials said that more than 20 Covid-19 care centers have halted operations as since the fall of the former government due to financial and technical problems.

The closure of the at least 21 Covid-19 care centers comes as the doctors are alarming of rapid increase of the new variant of the virus across the country.

The ministry of public health warned that if the international community doesn’t support the Afghan health sector, the health system in Afghanistan will plunge into crisis.

“If the COVID-19 centers, also the centers for drug addicts, are not reactivated in the provinces and districts, the health sector in Afghanistan may deteriorate,” said Javid Hajir, a spokesman for the ministry. 

According to Hajir, 36 COVID-19 care centers were active before the fall of the former government, but at least 21 of them are closed now because of a lack of equipment and financial issues.  

This comes as Afghanistan recorded 479 cases in 16 of 34 provinces over the last 24 hours.   

The Afghan-Japan Hospital, the main COVID-19 treatment center, said the number of patients referring to this hospital since last week surged by 80 percent compared to the week before. 

“The number of patients infected by COVID-19 has increased by around 80 percent,” said Ibadullah Ibad, a doctor at the Afghan-Japan Hospital.  

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