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Afghanistan loses 56 medics to Covid-19 pandemic

Afghanistan loses 56 medics to Covid-19 pandemic

Jul 13, 2020 - 14:02

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): At least 56 healthinfo-icon workers have died of coronavirus and 3,300 tested positive in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Monday.

MoPH said in a statement that 34,451 people across the 34 provinces in Afghanistan had tested positive so far. At least 21,216 people have recovered from the pandemic.

As many as 1,010 individuals died, including 56 health workers. Around 79,732 people out of a population of 37.6 million undergone tests.

The statement said 10 percent of the total population had been diagnosed with Covid-19, including health workers, which the number reached.

MoPH said Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar, Balkh, Paktia, Kunduz, Bamyan, and Baghlan were among the worst- provinces. Nuristan, Uruzgan and Sar-i-Pul are the least-affected provinces.

Humanitarian organisations have scaled up services to support the government’s response to the pandemic, reaching millions of people with life-saving assistance. For a detailed update of all cluster response activities in Afghanistan please see the latest operational situation report.

On 9 July, the Worldinfo-icon Bank approved a US$200 million grant to help Afghanistan mitigate COVID-19 impacts and provide relief to vulnerable people and businesses.

The Afghanistan COVID-19 Response Development Policy Grant comprises $100 million from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group's fund for the poorest countries, and $100 million from the Afghanistan Reconstructioninfo-icon Trust Fund (ARTF), managed by the World Bank on behalf of 34 donors.



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