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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health said Saturday that 546 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours. According to the ministry, 173 people in Kabul, 132 people in Herat, 68 people in Khost, 31 people in Paktika, 26 people in Takhar, 19 people in Daikundi, 18 people in Kunar, 16 people in Farah, 9 people in Paktia, 9 people in Nuristan, 9 people in Kunduz, 8 people in Logar, 6 people Panjsher, 6 people in Balkh, 5 people in Samangan, 4 people in Kandahar, 4 people in Helmand, and 3 people in Nangarhar were tested positive for Coronavirus. It brings the total affected people in 28424 in the country, the ministry added. Meanwhile, 21 people have died of Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while 330 others were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment. So far, 569 people have died of COVID-19 and 8292 others have been recovered from the virus.

Sunday, 21 June 2020 05:21

FM Atmar to Visit Iran Today

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar will be heading a powerful delegation to Iran on Sunday (today), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Saturday.
Representatives of seven ministries, five independent departments, legal advisory board from Presidential Palace and office of the National Security Council are part of the delegation, the statement said.
The visit, aimed at addressing recent adverse events, search ways to stop a repeat of such incidents, strengthen and expand co-operation, and facilitate comprehensive negotiations between the two countries A video clip recently circulated in social media shows a vehicle that belonged to an Afghan migrant is burning and one injured Afghan man is asking Iranian security personnel for water but nobody paid heed. According to reports, 15 days earlier, a vehicle carrying 13 Afghans caught fire in the Yazd province of Iran, in which three persons were killed and five others injured and some people went missing.

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A UN report says that thousands of people have left their homes this year due to conflict in Afghanistan, while many remained displaced across the country.
Conflict and poverty prevent them (the displaced people) from returning to their areas of origin, a statement from United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Almost 86,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to fighting. Around 111,000 of the 245,000 individuals displaced in the country’s West in 2018/19 mainly because of drought are still living in displacement sites -- often unable to return home because of conflict. Nearly 298,000 people have returned from neighboring countries to Afghanistan so far during the current year.
They include 296,000 from Iran and 1,700 from Pakistan. Some 6,000 people have also been deported from Turkey in 2020, while a small number also came back from Europe.
The 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview estimates that close to a million people on the move will need humanitarian assistance by the end of the year.

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The U.S. State Department says COVID-19 infections have been reported at its embassy in the capital Kabul and affected staff include diplomats, contractors and locals.
The State Department did not say how many were affected. An official at the embassy in Kabul, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, said up to 20 people were infected, the majority of them Nepalese Gurkhas, who provide embassy security, according to Washington Post.
“The embassy is implementing all appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the State Department said in a statement late Friday.
The infected staff are in isolation in the embassy while the remainder on the compound are being tested, said the embassy official. That official added that embassy staff were told they can expect tighter isolation orders. The State Department said a sanitization of the premises was being carried out to “prevent further outbreak.”
Afghanistan has 28,424 confirmed coronavirus cases. International aid organizations monitoring the pandemic’s spread in the country say the numbers are much higher because of a lack of testing capabilities as well as access to testing. Observers also fear the highly contagious coronavirus has spread throughout the country with the return of nearly 300,000 Afghans from Iran, the hardest hit country in the region. Iran has recorded more than 200,000 cases and 9,392 deaths.
Few of the Afghans who returned from Iran were tested before they fanned out across the country to their homes. Earlier this month, the International Rescue Committee warned Afghanistan was on the brink of a humanitarian disaster mostly because the government does not have the capacity to even test 80% of coronavirus cases.
A handful of NATO troops have also tested positive for the infection.

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan mothers in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul on Saturday appealed to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to resume its health activities in the vicinity, days after the MSF in a statement announced that it had decided to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital following the attack on the hospital on May 12.
The women said that pregnant women will lose their lives before reaching other hospitals in the city due to certain problems such as poverty and the hardship of traveling long distances.
MSF said that the decision was made after the attack on the maternity ward on May 12, in which 24 were killed and 16 others were wounded. “Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced our decision to end activities and withdraw from Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, Afghanistan, following the brutal attack on our maternity wing on May 12, in which 16 mothers were systematically shot dead.
An MSF midwife, two children aged 7 and 8, and six other people present at the time of the attack were also killed,” said MSF. Over the past few weeks, local elders in Dahst-e-Barchi held several meetings with MSF to try and convince the body to continue its operation in the area.

Thursday June 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Four members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) including their top commander were arrested by Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar province last night.
Ministry of Interior in a statement reported that, Afghan national police personnel by conducting a military operation succeeded to detain four members of ISIL including their senior commander in Sarkano district of the province.
It is mentionable that already members of ISIL have been surrounded to Afghan security forces or arrested in Kunar province.

Thursday June 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as 50 members of Taliban group were killed and wounded during clashes with Afghan security forces within the last 36 hours in three provinces.
Ministry of Interior by releasing a statement issued, the conflicts took place after Taliban fighters carried out attacks on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in relevant areas of Zheri district, Kandahar, Zurmat district, Paktia and Ghazni province, as a result 23 militants were killed and 27 more were wounded.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and military equipment belonged to the terrorists have been seized by Afghan security forces following the clashes.

Thursday June 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) At least eight fighters of Taliban group were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Helmand province the night before last.
Ministry of National Defense by releasing a statement issued that the clashes took place, while a group of Taliban fighters stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Sangeen district of the province.
Afghan security forces successfully defeat the attack, as a result eight militants were killed, two wounded and five more have captured, the statement added.
Some heavy and light weapons belonged to Taliban fighters have seized by Afghan security forces following the conflicts.

Thursday June 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Deputy Head of Commerce of Sistan and Baluchestan Industry, Mining and Trade Office announced the export of more than 181 million dollar worth of goods from the customs and border markets of this province to Afghanistan.
Mohammad Rafi Soltanzadeh said on Wednesday that the total exports from customs and border markets of Sistan-Baluchestan to Afghanistan in the first two months of the current Iranian year (started March 20, 2020) compared to the same period last year increased by 56 percent.
The official stated that the number of exports through the customs of Sistan-Baluchestan to Afghanistan during this period with over $114 million and exports through the markets of this province was over $67 million.
The Deputy Head of Commerce of Sistan-Baluchestan Industry, Mining, and Trade Office said that construction materials (cement), apple trees, tiles, and ceramics are among the items exported to the country.
According to IRNA, Sistan,-Baluchestan, due to its special geographical location, has created special conditions for Iran and regional countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan to play a role in regional and trans-regional exchanges.
Sistan-Baluchestan, located in southeastern Islamic Iran, has about 1,600 kilometers, or one-sixth of the total borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Oman Sea.
The length of the province's land borders with Afghanistan is about 300 km, which is equivalent to one-third of Iran's total border with Afghanistan, and the length of the province's joint land borders with Pakistan is 921 km, which is the total joint border between Iran and Pakistan.
The length of the province's water borders on the shores of the Oman Sea is 370 km.

Wednesday June 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday reported 564 new positive cases of the coronavirus from 1,116 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, the ministry also reported 13 new deaths from COVID-19 and 650 recoveries.
With this, the total cases are now 26,874, the total reported deaths are 504, and total recoveries are 6,158.
The highest count was reported in Kabul with 192, followed by Bamiyan (65 cases), Takhar (64), Balkh (51), Paktia (40), Kandahar (27), Kunduz (27), Maidan/Wardak (24), Baghlan (21), Daikundi (14), Kapisa (12), Nooristan (8), Nangarhar (6), Badakhshan (6), Kunar (5) and Zabul (2). However, no new cases were reported in Herat as COVID-19 testing has been inactive for the last four days.
Also, the ministry reported three COVID-19 deaths in Kabul, three in Takhar, three in Bamiyan, two in Nangarhar, one in Badghis and one in Maidan/Wardak within the last 24 hours.
The recoveries were reported in Kabul (306), Balkh (71), Nangarhar (69), Nimroz (64), Badakhshan (40), Faryab (29), Maidan/Wardak (26), Sar-e-Pul (17), Badghis (9), Takhar (6), Bamiyan (6) and Paktia (2).

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