The First Vice President Amrullah Saleh has confirmed that half of his family members and office staff have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Saleh made the announcement earlier today by posting a statement on his official social media page. However, he did not disclose the exact number of his family members and office staff who have tested positive.
Meanwhile, Saleh said Afghanistan is going through a tough time and is among the countries which have been badly affected by the virus.
Saleh further added that the government will do everything it can to help the citizens of the country.
However, he urged the people to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health for their own safety and safety of their families.
This comes as the Ministry of Public Health said at least 18,054 people have contracted the virus since its outbreak in the country.
According to Public Health Ministry data, the virus has so far killed around 300 people across the country while 1,585 others have recovered.