The American Embassy in Kabul affected by the Covid virus; 114 infected, 1 death, South Asia
A few days after the American Embassy in Kabul halted visa operations due to an increase in coronavirus cases, management announced an immediate lockdown after 114 staff fell ill, with the military hospital’s intensive care unit operating at full capacity.
The embassy announced that it had created temporary services to take care of patients in need of oxygen, the majority of cases being not vaccinated.
Authorities have banned indoor meetings unless they are “absolutely critical”. Indoor and outdoor pools and indoor gyms were closed.
The restrictions are expected to be in place until the chain of transmission is broken, he said. A staff member died as a result of the virus.
Afghanistan has been hit by a third wave with more than 3,400 reported casualties since the country was hit by the pandemic last year.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies had previously reported that COVID-19 cases had signaled a huge jump with hospitals under pressure and lack of resources hampering medical care.
The country recorded 2,313 coronavirus cases and 101 deaths on Thursday with less than 1% of citizens vaccinated like China Sinopharm The vaccine arrived in the country last week.
Several areas including Kabul have been hit hard by the virus with fully occupied hospital beds.