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Many schools, universities closed as COVID-19 resurges in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s Health Ministry on Saturday announced the closure of many schools to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

All government and private educational institutions, including universities will close for two weeks in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces from Saturday, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, the decision was made after 977 reported new cases on Friday, the highest number of positive cases over 24 hours since the outbreak began.

Afghanistan is fighting a third wave of the virus.

The ministry said that more than 70,000 cases and 2,899 deaths have been recorded in the country.

However, the actual number of infections is believed to be much higher due to limited public health resources and testing capacities.

It added that only 462,860 tests have been conducted for an estimated population of around 37 million.

Meanwhile, the ministry said that the country had received 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India in early February and another 468,000 doses from the international vaccine-sharing programme Covax in early March.

The jab was mainly distributed to the health workers, members of the armed forces, teachers, and media staff but the country is currently running out of the vaccine.

For a second shot of the vaccine, Afghanistan is prioritising individuals who have received the first shot, rather than injecting new patients.


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