The Afghan Ministry of Health announced this Saturday that 50 people have died from the coronavirus across the country in the past 24 hours, a record number of deaths per day amid an increase in cases in the Central Asian country, which has seen its health infrastructure deteriorate after years Conflict.
Authorities have also reported 1,379 new infections, pushing the country over the 80,000 threshold. A total of 3,195 people have died nationwide, with the infection curve having reached an unprecedented high since the beginning of the pandemic.
This week, incumbent Health Minister Wahid Majroh warned that more than 50 percent of hospital patients with COVID-19 require oxygen as cases increase across the country.
Majroh has warned that the national oxygen production companies do not have the capacity to meet the needs of the country’s hospitals to provide oxygen, and Afghanistan will seek help from the nations of the region.
“We are approaching a critical phase in Afghanistan; one of the reasons why the scale of the crisis in Afghanistan has widened is the lack of oxygen,” Majroh said at a press conference on Tolo News on Thursday.