24 October 2020

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Sunday September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 125 new positive cases of COVID-19 from 398 samples tested in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, four patients have died due to coronavirus, while no patient recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases are now 39,044, the total reported deaths are 1,441 and total recoveries are 32,576 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,027 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Sunday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 108,591 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Saturday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health reported that out of 95 samples, 22 cases have turned positive in the last 24 hours.
At least 108,193 samples have so far been tested in the governmental labs, and there still are 4,906 known active cases in the country.
According to the ministry, within 24 hours, there are zero reports of recoveries and deaths.
The new cases recorded in Balkh 22, Nangarhar three, and Kunar two.
The total number of cases in Afghanistan is 38,919 Total deaths are 1,437 and the total recoveries are recorded 32,576.
COVID-19 global toll has increased to 30,504,864 and the dead are reported more than 951,841.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $100 million to Afghanistan to overcome the financial impacts of COVID-19 on small and mid-size enterprises.
“We understand that the economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic will be widespread. To counter these challenges, ADB is preparing a countercyclical support facility of 100 million dollars under its COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditures Support Program,” a statement quoted Narendra Singru, ADB’s Country Director for Afghanistan as saying. “Given the extensive development needs in Afghanistan, ADB remains committed to supporting Afghanistan’s agenda to eradicate poverty and to transform the country into a self-reliant and productive economy.”  
Back in May, the World Bank Board approved a $400 million grant to help Afghanistan “sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19 crisis,” according to statement by the organization.
According to data by the Public Health Ministry, 108,193 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,906 known active COVID-19 cases in the country. The national lockdown that ended in May affected many businesses in the country, according to government officials.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy said a plan has been outlined to help investors overcome the impacts of COVID-19 lockdown. But, according to the ministry, the plan needs to be approved by High Economic Council led by President Ghani.
“It encompasses a $560 million support package… For instance, loans will be provided to investors,” said Suhrab Bahman, a spokesman for Ministry of Economy.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Ministry of Public Health, Ahmad Jawad Osmani, told a news conference in Kabul yesterday that a 100-bed Covid-19 hospital would be built in Ghor.
He said that the contract was signed with the National Development Company in the presence of President and the Vice Presidents.
According to him, this hospital will be built and put into operation within six months.
It is said that, forty school children have recently infected the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, local officials in Ghor say thousands of residents in the province are without access to health care.
T. Yarzada

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