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标  题: 6/17:美国驻阿富汗大使馆 114 人 感染新冠
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Fri Jun 18 17:57:42 2021, 美东)

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007625010/a-covid-outbreak-at-the-u-s-
embassy-in-kabul-has-sickened-114-people-and-killed-

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul says it is suffering from a major COVID-19
outbreak that has largely confined staff to their quarters and is disrupting
many of its operations. Earlier this week, the embassy announced that it
was suspending in-person visa interviews for Afghans who had worked for the
U.S. military.

In a note sent to staff, seen by NPR, the embassy says 114 people "have
COVID and are in isolation; one has died, and several have been medevaced."
The note goes on to say that military hospital ICU resources are at full
capacity and that the embassy has been forced to "create temporary, on-
compound COVID-19 wards to care for oxygen-dependent patients." Most of the
cases involve individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

"We are saddened by the deaths of many valiant Afghans, who have been
sickened by this pandemic and we in fact grieve the passing of an embassy
local staff member," said Ned Price, the State Department's spokesperson.

The embassy requests staff to get vaccinated, stay six feet from others,
suspends the use of pools and gyms, and demands strict mask compliance from
staff. "Wear your masks, correctly! We are seeing a lot of noses."

Failure to comply could see staff on the next flight home. The embassy asks
them to make sure others are following protocols and to report those who
aren't.

Eric Rubin, who heads the American Foreign Service Association — the State
Department's union — says he's hearing from members, who are "very
concerned that their safety has been endangered by fellow employees, who
have chosen not to be vaccinated."

"Our understanding is that there is enough vaccine at every embassy and
consulate in the world for anyone, who wants to get it," Rubin told NPR.

The State Department does not disclose how many people are at the embassy,
but it is one of the U.S.' largest. The embassy reportedly faced a smaller
coronavirus outbreak in June 2020.

The State Department and the embassy in Kabul did add some staff in recent
months to handle a surge in visa applications for Afghan interpreters who
worked with the U.S.

As the U.S. military pulls out – and is expected to fully do so by July,
with a symbolic end date of Sept 11 – many of those who helped U.S. forces
over the past two decades believe their lives are in danger, with the
Taliban controlling greater swaths of the country.

Testifying before a congressional committee recently, Secretary of State
Antony Blinken said there are currently 18,000 Afghans who have expressed
interest in moving to the U.S. and about half were in the early stages of
their application process.

Trying to reassure Congress, he added that while the military was leaving,
the embassy would continue with its job and was focused on getting those who
helped the U.S. out: "We're not withdrawing. We're staying. The embassy
staying. Our programs are staying. We're working to make sure that other
partners stay. We're building all of that up."
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