Coronavirus adds to misery of war ravaged Afghanistan

As the deadly Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, Afghanistan too found itself reeling under the unbridled spread of the Coronavirus. As per official reports, Afghanistan recorded its first coronavirus case in Herat on February 24, 2020. The infected patient had visited Qom (Iran), the epicenter of Covid-19 outbreak in Iran. By March 31, Afghanistan had 145 confirmed cases of Covid19 in 17 provinces – Hirat, Samangan, Balkh, Nimroz, Daikundi, Farah, Paktia, Kapisa, Badghis, Logar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Faryab, Zabul, Kandahar, Ghazni and Kabul – out of a total of 1150 tested. These numbers are believed to be on the lower side because of the small scale of tests for the infection that have been done in Afghanistan and the delayed results of the tests. There had been four deaths due to Corona Virus in Afghanistan (by March 21). The first person to die from Corona had no international travel history, which implies that local transmission had started in the country. Read More…

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