Afghanistan sees highest daily rise in COVID cases, deaths Jun 18, 2021 0 2096 12345 dpa Kabul Afghanistan on Thursday recorded the highest single-day number of new infections and death toll from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.The country’s Health Ministry announced that 101 patients had died from the infection in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,943.In addition, the ministry reported 2,313 new infection cases from a total of 6,092 people tested during the same time frame.The is the highest number of infections and deaths registered in the country in a single-day as the numbers have been significantly increasing daily for the past two weeks.The real number of infections and deaths is believed to be much higher, since the country is registering only deaths in hospitals and not those who die at home.The country with an estimated population of 37 million has so far received 1,668,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from India, China and the international vaccine-sharing programme COVAX.To curb the coronavirus’ spread, the government has imposed some restrictions such as the closure of educational centres and wedding halls. Few people are currently wearing masks in public places. As hospital beds fill up, a lack of oxygen and intensive care unit beds have been reported in the country too. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Chinese astronauts arrive at new space station Jun 18, 2021 0 346 17 dead across Nepal, Bhutan due to heavy rain Jun 18, 2021 0 350 Taliban ambush leaves over 20 Afghan commandos dead Jun 18, 2021 0 472 Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at 97 dpa Lusaka Zambia’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda has died of pneumonia at the age of 97, his sons Panji and Kambarage Kaunda confirmed to dpa on Thursday. Three days ago, Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in .. Over 300 vaccinated health staff contract COVID-19 in Indonesia dpa Jakarta More than 300 doctors and other health workers have contracted COVID-19 in one Indonesian district, despite having been fully vaccinated using the jab developed by China’s Sinovac, an official said .. Bosses of pro-democracy newspaper arrested in HK dpa Hong Kong Five executives of the pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily have been arrested for allegedly violating the controversial security law imposed by Beijing. Among them are publishing director ..