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2000 corona tests daily after a month: Firoz

2000 corona tests daily after a month: Firoz

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Mar 30, 2020 - 18:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Public Healthinfo-icon Minister Dr Firozuddin Firoz on Monday said his ministry would be able after a month to test 2,000 suspected coronavirus patients in 24 hours.

Dr Firoz, who inaugurated a coronavirus diagnostic laboratory funded by the Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon in capital Kabul, said first they were trying test 1,000 people in 24 hours and increase the number 2,000 after a month.

Currently, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has the capacity to test 350 suspected COVID-19 patients in 24 hours.

The minister said 100 coronavirus tests were conducted in 24 hours in Kabul and medical staff work in three shifts to increase the tests.

 He said 150 coronavirus tests were carried out at the Diagnostic Laboratory in western Herat and around 100 in eastern Nangarhar province’s coronavirus diagnostic laboratory in 24 hours.

He said new coronavirus diagnostic laboratories would be set up in Balkh, Kunduz and Kandahar provinces.

Earlier today, the MoPH said at least 25 new positive cases of coronavirus have been detected in Herat, Kabul and Badakhshan provinces, taking Afghanistan’s tally to 145.
MoPH spokesman WahidullahMayar told Pajhwok Afghan News at least 25 positive cases had emerged -- 22 in Herat, two in Kabul and one in Badakhshan.

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