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Covid-19 cases reach 6,664, death toll hits 169

Covid-19 cases reach 6,664, death toll hits 169

May 17, 2020 - 17:37
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 262 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, taking the nation’s tally to 6,664, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Sunday. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the ministry, told a media briefing here that 169 citizens, including four doctors, had died from the pandemic while 784 Afghans recovered so far. The new cases surfaced in Kabul, Herat, Samangan, Logar, Balkh, KHost, Paktia, Parwan, Maidan Wardak, Takhar, Jawzjan, Badghis, Faryab, Kapisa, Paktika AND Baghlan provinces. The official said 60 of the fresh cases were detected in Kabul, 57 in Herat, 22 in Samangan, 14 in Logar, 11 each in Balkh and Khost, 10 each in Paktia, Parwan, Maidan Wardak and Takhar, nine in Jawzjan, eight each in Badghis, Faryab, Kapisa and Paktika and six in Baghlan. Mayar asked people to pay greater attention to adopting preventive measures and acting on the guidelines from the ministry. “There is no vaccine yet to cure the virus.” Figures from MoPH show 1,904 cases have been reported in Kabul, 1,153 in Herat, 636 in Kandahar, 503 in Balkh, 310 in Nangarhar, 293 in Paktia, 150 in Takhar, 134 in Samangan, 130 in Baghlan, 128 in Ghazni, 125 in Logar, 122 in Laghman, 107 in Maidan Wardak, 102 in Jawzjan, 93 in Badghis, 85 in Panjsher, 73 in Kunduz, 71 in Kunar, 63 in Nimroz, 51 in Faryab, 50 in Parwan, 46 in Paktika, 45 in Helmand, 39 each in Ghor, Farah and Sar-i-Pul and 37 in Bamyan. Similarly, 38 cases have surfaced in Zabul, 32 in Kapisa, 25 in Khost, 16 each in Daikundi, Badakhshan, five in Uurzgan and four in Nuristan. pk

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