NEW DELHI, Sept 20 (Yonhap) — South Korea has donated new coronavirus test kits worth 930 million won (US$800,000) to Afghanistan, according to diplomatic officials Sunday.
The some 40,000 test kits of the real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) type were delivered on Saturday at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, according to the South Korean embassy in Afghanistan.
A handoff ceremony was held at the airport, attended by Rhee Zha-hyoung, South Korean ambassador to Afghanistan, and Ahmad Jawad Osmani, acting Afghan health minister.
Rhee explained that the South Korean people fully sympathize with the pain and troubles the Afghan people have experienced from the country’s decades-long civil wars and conflicts.
Osmani thanked South Korea for the donation and promised to use the kits transparently, according to diplomats.
South Korea also plans to separately provide quarantine equipment worth $200,000 to Afghanistan.
The number of total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan stands at some 39,000 as of Sunday, according to data from Worldometers. The actual figure is feared to be much higher considering that the country has only conducted around 108,000 tests out of a population of 37.6 million.