Nearly a 3rd of Afghanistan’s inhabitants — or 10 million folks — has been contaminated with the coronavirus, based on well being ministry estimates printed Wednesday.
The determine comes from a survey primarily based on antibody exams on round 9,500 folks throughout the nation, with technical help from the World Health Organization, well being minister Ahmad Jawad Osmani stated at a press briefing.
The survey estimated that 31.5 % of the inhabitants had contracted the virus, with the very best an infection price in Kabul the place greater than half of the town’s 5 million inhabitants had been thought to have been contaminated.
But the nation of round 32 million folks has solely restricted testing capability and has formally declared simply 36,000 circumstances and greater 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 stated.
More than 18 million folks worldwide have been contaminated with the virus because it first emerged in China late final yr.
The virus entered Afghanistan in February as hundreds of migrants returned from neighbouring Iran, which on the time was the area’s worst-hit nation for the virus.
Since then Afghanistan, already wracked by many years of battle, has been ravaged by COVID-19.
A survey on the mortality price of coronavirus Afghanistan is underneath method.
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