Coronavirus cases in Afghanistan cross 9,000 as 542 more test positive

New Delhi (NVI): Afghanistan reported 542 new confirmed COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total positive cases to 9,216, according to Afghan media reports.

The country’s Ministry of Public Health said, 1,180 suspected cases were tested within the past 24 hours, out of which 542 cases were tested positive for COVID-19.

Among the new cases, 316 were reported in Kabul, 47 in Herat, 24 in Nangarhar, 23 in Takhar, 23 in Baghlan, 19 in Balkh, 18 in Kunar, 15 in Laghman, 15 in Farah, 13 in Ghazni, 5 in Paktia, 3 in Wardak, 1 in Logar, 4 in Kunduz, 8 in Panjshir, 1 in Kapisa, 5 in Daikundi and 2 in Nuristan.

Meanwhile, the highest number of cases has been in Kabul, a city of six million that has been under a lockdown of varying intensity since March 28.

In the past 24 hours, 12 people have died, bringing the death toll to 205, as per media reports.

Over 27,889 samples have been tested so far, which analysts say is too low a number when compared to the country’s population.

The ministry of public health calls on the people to stay at their houses during the Eid festival to prevent from more pandemic, as per media reports.

So far, 990 patients have been cured or discharged across the country.