Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has examined damaging for coronavirus after 20 of his employees on the presidential palace and a number of other others had been discovered contaminated with the virus.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has examined damaging for coronavirus. (AP picture)
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has examined damaging for the coronavirus, an official mentioned Tuesday, days after information leaked out of an outbreak amongst his employees.
“The President is healthy and is leading government efforts on all fronts. All precautions are in place to make sure his work environment is safe and healthy,” Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi mentioned on Twitter.
Ghani and his spouse had been each examined and “both results are negative,” he added.
About 20 employees in Kabul’s presidential palace and a dozen extra in an adjoining workplace had contracted the virus, officers advised AFP on Saturday.
Recent official photographs had proven 70-year-old Ghani sporting a masks and gloves, and primarily holding on-line conferences with officers.
But on Tuesday a healthy-looking Ghani appeared on TV and urged Afghans to take the virus significantly.
“Coronavirus took all by surprise,” he mentioned. “But we, from the first days, took this virus seriously and by the grace of God the number of fatalities in our country is lower than in other countries,” he mentioned.
Neighbouring Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will even be examined for COVID-19, his physician introduced.
The check comes after Faisal Edhi, the proprietor and operator of Pakistan’s largest non-public charity, mentioned he had examined constructive for the extremely contagious illness. He met with Khan final week in Islamabad.
Pakistan and Afghanistan, the place handshakes and shut household gatherings are the norm, have each struggled to influence residents to observe social distancing.
So far, Pakistan has confirmed no less than 192 deaths from coronavirus and Afghanistan 36, however many consider the low numbers are due to restricted entry to testing.