An Afghan local media agency reported that some 32 medical ventilators to help treat patients with COVID-19 were missing—reportedly smuggled to Pakistan.

The reports by Pajwok Afghan News illustrated that the total of high-price ventilators smuggled to Pakistan costed as much as USD600,000.

Addressing to media, Shafiqullah Shahim, health ministry’s financial and administrative deputy said on Tuesday that the report had no basis and will negatively impact the country’s health system.

Publishing such reports would cut off global funds, Mr. Shahim added in his remarks.

Mr. Shahim reported 324 new laboratory confirmed coronavirus cases within the past 24 hours, with 20 new deaths.

The additional 324 new COVID-19 cases pushed the country’s total to 29,481 while the total death was brought to 618 as new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, according to health ministry data.

A total of 9,260 patients have recovered from the deadly disease after 419 patients got better within the last 24 hours.


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