Pakistan has closed the consular section of its embassy in Kabul until June 17 due to the “deteriorating situation of Covid-19”, according to the embassy.
The embassy, in a statement posted on its website, said that while its consular section will be closed, it would continue to serve applicants seeking visas online.
“Further announcement [for reopening of the embassy section] will be made on June 17, 2021 (Thursday)," the statement added.
Covid-19 infections are on the rise in Afghanistan, with 1,482 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 94 per cent of the peak — the highest daily average reported on June 10, according to Reuters.
There have been 89,861 infections and 3,527 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The two main hospitals treating people with Covid-19 in Afghanistan have had to close their doors to new patients because of a lack of beds, a Reuters report quoted a senior health official and doctors as saying.
The official said the two hospitals, both in Kabul, were facing persistent shortages of oxygen and other medical supplies.