Coronavirus Breaks Out at US Embassy in Afghanistan


Dozens of people at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting officials to lock down much of the diplomatic mission. Officials say one person has already died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, 114 people have been placed in quarantine and several people medically evacuated. Officials say 95 percent of the cases involve people who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine or who are not fully vaccinated. A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second shot in a two-shot regimen or two weeks after receiving the one-shot Johnson & Johnson dose. Officials say that because of the outbreak, group activities are banned and that until the chain of transmission is broken, the restrictions will remain in force. They say military medical facilities are at full capacity and that temporary COVID-19 wards have been set up to provide oxygen to those who need it. The embassy says people will only be allowed to leave confinement for food or to exercise outdoors, alone. Authorities also say anyone violating the policy will be sent out of the country on the next available flight.