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Virus cases slightly decline, but oxygen crisis still unabated

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KABUL: Afghanistan has seen a significant decline in new coronavirus cases over the past day, as health officials say daily virus cases dropped to 1,095 on Saturday. But minister of health has said that hospitals are still facing an acute shortage of oxygen supplies which is making it hard for health workers.

Public Health Ministry said on Saturday that only 1,095 new COVID-19 cases and 56 deaths have been recorded across the nation over the past day. As many as 300 patients have also recovered in the same period.

This is as coronavirus saw a deadly surge during last weeks and Afghanistan was averaging almost 2,000 new cases a day and about 100 deaths.

Since peaking in early and mid June, cases, hospitalizations and deaths nationwide have declined.

But hospitals still grapple with oxygen crisis to a point that even the health minister pleaded for oxygen supplies from private hospitals to cope with an acute shortage in government hospitals.

With the new figures, the total number of infections across Afghanistan has reached 114,220 cases since the outbreak of coronavirus epidemic last year, with deaths totaling 4,650.

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