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10m people contract Covid-19 in Afghanistan: Survey

10m people contract Covid-19 in Afghanistan: Survey

Aug 05, 2020 - 18:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Nearly a third of Afghanistaninfo-icon's population - or 10 million people - infected with coronavirus, the Healthinfo-icon Ministry said on Wednesday, citing a survey.

The survey is based on antibody tests on around 9,500 people across the country, with technical support from the Worldinfo-icon Health Organisation, health minister Ahmad Jawad Osmani said at a press briefing.

The survey estimated that 31.5 per cent 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.

Due to a limited testing capacity, Afghanistan officially declared just 36,000 cases and more than 1,200 deaths.

"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.

Osmani said the survey showed 54 percent residents of Kabul had been infected with the pandemic.

He said 42.3 percent people in eastern zone, 36.3 percent in central zone, 34.1 percent in southern provinces and 32.4 percent people had been infected in northern part of the county.

He said 21 percent people contracted the virus in Daikundi and Ghorinfo-icon provinces.

The survey shows 46.4 percent children aged five to 17 years in Kabul have been infected with the coronavirus but they showed no signs and recovered soon.

He added that 57 percent people aged above 18 years were also infected with the virus in Kabul.

According to Usmani, 42.3 percent people living in cities while 31.7 percent living in urban infected with the virus, adding that 30.8 percent cities based children and 23.4 children in urban areas have been also infected with the Covid-19.

Also on Wednesday, the MoPH said 47 new Covid-19 cases have been registered in different parts of the country during the last 24 hours, taking the nation’s overall tally to 36,829.

Six people lost their lives to the pandemic while 186 recovered from it in the past 24 hours. The number of deaths thus reached 1,294. As many as 25,742 people have recovered from the disease so far.


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