An Afghan health worker receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination campaign at a medical center in Herat city, western Afghanistan, March 17, 2021. (Photo by Elaha Sahel/Xinhua)
KABUL, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan reported 21 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising its national tally to 56,016, including over 4,000 active cases, the country's Ministry of Public Health said.
"Laboratories conducted 1,711 tests during the past 24 hours, out of which 21 were positive cases in five provinces of Afghanistan's 34 provinces," the ministry said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 18 people recovered during the past 24 hours, taking the overall number of recoveries to 49,499, while no deaths were reported and the death toll stood at 2,460, according to a ministry's statement.
Laboratories across Afghanistan have completed 139,112 tests since the outbreak of the pandemic in February last year.
On the other hand, more than 54,000 people, including more than 10,000 members of the country's security forces, have been vaccinated since the COVID-19 vaccination campaign began in the country last month. Enditem