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31.5 percent of the population infected with Covid-19

05 Aug 2020 Salam Watandar

KABUL (SW) – New nationwide study by the Ministry of Public Health indicated that some 31.5 percent of the population is infected with the corona virus.

The ministry conducted the survey in collaboration with the World Health Organization in Afghanistan.

According to the survey, the estimated number of people living with Covid-19 in Afghanistan is 10 million, with 37% infected in cities, 27% in rural areas and 32% at homes.

For the survey, the country's 34 provinces were divided into nine constituencies, and the number of patients varied from region to region. Findings of this survey show that in Kabul province 53%, in eastern provinces 42.9%, in central provinces 36.3%, in western provinces 34.1%, in northeastern provinces 32.4% and in central provinces 21.1% of the population infected with the virus.

The nominated health minister, Ahmad Jawad Osmani said the survey showed that in Kabul alone, 46.4% of children had Covid-19, but none of them had been hospitalized and remained healthy carriers of the virus. According to the survey, 57% of patients in Kabul are young, middle-aged and elderly.

The survey showed that the lowest number of corona cases was in central mountainous provinces such as Daikundi and Ghor, where children make up 14.6 percent and young people, middle-aged and elderly 25 percent of the carriers.

The number of infected people in the cities was more than in the villages. The head of the Ministry of Public Health added that the numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country are declining. The MoPH said that in the last 24 hours, the results of 47 tests were positive. During that past 24 hours, 186 patients recovered and six others died.

With the registration of these new cases, the total number of Covid-19 patients in the country surged to 36,829. Of these, 25,742 patients have been treated so far and 1,294 others have died.

The Ministry of Health emphasizes that those who have been infected once are more likely to be infected again. It urged people not to forget about health tips, especially wearing masks, social distances and hand washing.


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