Coronavirus — Afghanistan Sees Highest Number of Daily Cases

  • According to the Ministry, nine people have died of the virus since the last night, but more than two have recovered.
  • One of the main reasons for the increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus in Afghanistan was the neglect of the people.
  • President Ashraf Ghani has ordered an offensive against the Taliban in the wake of the attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar.

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health says it has registered 414 positive cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This is the highest number of coronaviruses in Afghanistan since the outbreak. With these new cases, the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country has exceeded 6,000.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is an Afghan politician and current president of Afghanistan, elected on 21 September 2014. An anthropologist by education, he previously served as finance minister and the chancellor of Kabul University.

According to the Ministry, nine people have died of the virus since the last night, but more than two have recovered. The Ministry says the results of the new tests have been positive in various provinces. Deputy Minister Waheed Majrooh said the number of people infected with coronavirus disease in Afghanistan had risen to more than 6,000 with the latest positive cases.

With more than 600 new positive cases reported overnight, this is an unprecedented number since the spread of the coronavirus in Afghanistan. Yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Public Health said that one of the main reasons for the increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus in Afghanistan was the neglect of the people. In recent days, shops and markets have reopened in Jalalabad, Mehtarlam, Mazar, Sar-e-Pul, and Kandahar.

With the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, a number of shops have opened in Kabul, and the number of people in the city to buy Eid preparations has increased. According to the figures, Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, currently has the highest number of positive tests from Coronavirus. Herat has the highest number of COVID-19 disease cases, with one case in Kandahar.

Fighting Coronavirus and the Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani has ordered an offensive against the Taliban in the wake of the attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar. Following the president’s decision, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Zamir Kabulov condemned the decision, saying it undermined the peace process. A statement issued by the Afghan Foreign Ministry reacted to the Russian government’s statement.

The Taliban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), are a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging war (an insurgency, or jihad) within that country. Since 2016, the Taliban’s leader is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.

The statement said that the recent terrorist attacks were strongly condemned by the Afghan people all over the world. It is only natural that the Afghan government should protect the security of its people and prevent such attacks. In particular, it has declared its legitimate defensive stance against the terrorist groups responsible for these incidents.

The reality is that the Afghan government has made, and continues to make, every effort to bring lasting peace. Recently, the world has been facing a crisis of coronavirus. The State Department said the plan outlined the establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire during the Coronavirus disaster, the urgent start of inter-Afghan talks, and the release of prisoners by both sides at the same time.

The source added that the proposal was shared not only with the Taliban, but also with all the neighboring countries, regional and global partners. However, the Taliban have not yet responded positively.

The Afghan government has said that if the Taliban had accepted such an offer, such attacks could have been prevented. “We once again call on our regional and international partners to show their support for this peace proposal and encourage the Taliban to join the peace process,” the statement said.

The State Department said it was clear to all that the side that had not yet responded to the offer should take responsibility for why peace could not be achieved. “Peace is a priority of the Afghan government, but at the same time it is doing everything possible for the security and defense of its people,” the source said.

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