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30 suspected coronavirus cases sent to central lab: MoPH

30 suspected coronavirus cases sent to central lab: MoPH

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Feb 27, 2020 - 23:13

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  The Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) on Thursday said only one positive coronavirus case has been found among 30 suspected cases sent to the central laboratory from some provinces.

The ministry in a statement said 15 suspected coronavirus cases were sent to the central laboratory from Herat, Ghorinfo-icon, Kabul and Baghlan provinces during the past 24 hours alone, swelling the total number of suspected cases to 30.

Of the 15 suspected cases, 10 were from Kabul, three from Herat and one each from Baghlan and Ghor, the statement said, adding the positive case was found in Herat province.

Local officials in Herat province say all schools have been closed indefinitely in light of the coronavirus spread.  The person diagnosed positive for coronvirus had recently returned from Iran to Herat.

President Ashraf Ghani has ordered allocation of $25 million for measures to counter the spread of the deadly virus, in light of the swelling number of cases in neighboring Iran.

The virus has spread to more than 30 countries, killing over 2,700 and infecting 80,000, mostly in China, with new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and in Asia fanning fears of the contagion taking hold in poor nations which lack the healthcare infrastructure to cope.

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