In its latest update, the Ministry of Health said the number of people who tested positive for the virus had reached 34,451, an increase from 85 the day before. Ministry of Health establishments have been able to test 378 suspect patients in the past 24 hours. There were 21,216 recoveries.
The capital, Kabul, which has been the most affected region in the country, has reported 14 new cases and 16 deaths overnight.
The country’s health ministry said Afghanistan had reached the peak of the coronavirus, as daily infections had been decreasing in recent days.
Ahmad Jawad Osmani, the country’s acting health minister, said on Thursday that the number of daily infections fell to 30-40% percent, down from 60-70% percent two months ago. Osmani warned that although the number of positive cases of Osmani Covid-19 has decreased, Afghanistan is still in a state of crisis.
The coronavirus committee has extended the closure of all educational centers until August 5. Vice President Sarwar Danish, who heads the emergency committee, said on Saturday that “the priority is the lives of the students.”
The health ministry will begin an investigation in 360 villages across the country to understand the exact number of infections, the committee said the next decision on the education sectors will be announced once the investigation is complete.
Meanwhile, National Security Council figures indicate that 16 provinces in the country have seen 284 attacks by the Taliban in the past seven days.
“The Taliban continue to kill civilians in Afghanistan. Last week, they killed 23 people, including women and children, and injured 45 others in 16 provinces, “said Javid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council. “This violent phase of attacks against civilians can only deteriorate the already shaken confidence in the will of the Taliban.”
At least six civilians were killed and eight others injured in a roadside bomb explosion on Saturday in central Ghazni province. The incident occurred after a vehicle carrying civilians to the area hit a roadside bomb and women and children were among the victims, local officials said.
Three members of the same family were also killed when a mortar hit their home on Saturday in Wardak province. Local media reports that residents who gathered outside a military base in Wardak accused government forces of firing the mortar.
The presidential palace said on Sunday that the Taliban had disrupted the peace process by escalating the violence.
“The recent escalation of Taliban violence in cities, attacks on the country’s security and defense forces, the Taliban’s bombing of roadside mines and the targeting of government employees gives no hope to our people and to the international community to start a dialogue and establish lasting peace, “said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesperson for President Ashraf.
According to a new Oxfam report, the pandemic has plunged millions of people into hunger and poverty, the number of people on the brink of starvation increased from 2.5 million in September 2019 to 3.5 million in May. Afghanistan follows Yemen and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the worst hunger hotspots in the world where people face a crisis.