Coronavirus: About 10m infected in Afghanistan

Coronavirus: About 10m infected in Afghanistan



Nearly a third of Afghanistan’s population — or 10 million people — has been infected with the coronavirus; according to health ministry estimates published Wednesday.


The figure comes from a survey based on antibody tests on around 9,500 people across the country; with technical support from the World Health Organization; health minister Ahmad Jawad Osmani said at a press briefing.


The survey estimated that 31.5 percent of the population had contracted the virus; with the highest infection rate in Kabul; where more than half of the city’s five million population were thought to have been infected.


But the country of around 32 million people has only limited testing capacity; and has officially declared just 36,000 cases and more than 1,200 deaths.



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“A second wave of the infection is happening everywhere in the world; and we cannot be an exception.


We will use the findings of this survey to better prepare ourselves for a possible second wave,” Osmani said.


More than 18 million people worldwide have been infected with the virus; since it first emerged in China late last year.

The virus entered Afghanistan in February as thousands of migrants returned from neighbouring Iran; which at the time was the region’s worst-hit nation for the virus.


Since then Afghanistan, already wracked by decades of war, has been ravaged by COVID-19.



A survey on the mortality rate of coronavirus Afghanistan is under way.

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