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20 of Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s palace employees have coronavirus: Officials

“Twenty-odd people are infected with COVID-19 in the presidential palace. However, it is (being) kept under wraps to ensure no panic is caused,” one authorities official stated.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (Photo: AP)

About 20 employees in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s palace have examined constructive for the coronavirus, two officers informed AFP on Saturday, however up to now, there isn’t any indication the president himself has been contaminated.

“Twenty-odd people are infected with COVID-19 in the presidential palace. However, it is (being) kept under wraps to ensure no panic is caused,” one authorities official stated.

A second official confirmed the quantity, and stated an extra 12 folks from the president’s administrative workplace had additionally contracted the virus.

Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi declined to remark and referred inquiries to the well being ministry, which additionally wouldn’t remark, saying it didn’t disclose the identification of its sufferers.

Ghani, 70, not too long ago started his second time period as president and faces a number of crises, together with a floundering peace course of and an assault on his authority by his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah, who additionally has claimed the presidency.

Kabul is presently on a coronavirus lockdown, which authorities not too long ago prolonged for 3 weeks, and all authorities workplaces are shut.

Afghanistan has formally reported solely 933 circumstances of coronavirus, together with 33 deaths.

But the impoverished nation has had solely restricted entry to testing, and observers concern the actual numbers are a lot increased.

Ghani lives in a sprawling palace compound in central Kabul. Recent official photographs have proven him carrying a masks and gloves, and primarily holding on-line conferences with officers.

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