Kabul [Afghanistan], July 11 (Sputnik/ANI): Between 60 and 70 percent of lawmakers in Afghanistan have tested positive for the coronavirus disease since the start of the outbreak, the country's 1News broadcaster reports on Saturday, citing a member of parliament.
According to Simin Barekzai, a member of parliament representing Herat province, most of the politicians who have caught the disease have recovered but some remain in quarantine.
"I hope that those who are under self-quarantine recover and complete the parliament's strength," Barekzai was quoted by the broadcaster as saying.
A private hospital in Kabul told the broadcaster that several lawmakers had visited the facility to get tested for COVID-19, and that some of these tests returned a positive result.
Since the start of the outbreak, 34,366 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Afghanistan, and the country's death toll stands at 994. Over the past day, 172 new positive tests for the disease were confirmed. (Sputnik/ANI)