Coronavirus: ‘Staff infected’ in Afghan presidential palace
Twenty cases were first reported but the New York Times said on Sunday that the number of cases had risen to 40. Staff infected in afghan presidential palace, Afghanistan’s government did not comment and there was no evidence that President Ashaf Ghani had been tested positive with coronavirus.
In 1990s, President Ghani who is 70 years of age reportedly lost his stomach to cancer.
A government official reported to AFP on Saturday that “Twenty-odd people are infected with virus in the presidential palace. However, it is being kept secret to ensure no panic is caused,”
Staff infected in afghan presidential palace, the Presidential Palace announced on Thursday a post shared with Twitter showing Mr Ghani chairing a cabinet meeting via video connection, but the Twitter account has since posted images of the president’s meeting with Iranian officials in person-although at a distance away.
Government records from Saturday revealed 933 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Afghanistan as a whole, with death rates of 33.
Although the counts appear low, the country’s access to care has been limited and the health system has suffered for the past ten years due to conflict.
Since more than 150,000 Afghans returned in March from Iran, while tens of thousands of others returned from Pakistan, there are also concerns that the virus could spread throughout the country.
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