COVID-19 in Afghanistan, May

Afghanistan // 29 May, 2020

At least 13,659 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, including at least 246 deaths. Local transmission is occurring.

WHO EMRO COVID-19 dashboard

COVID-19 updates by Ministry of Public Health.

OCHA and WHO publish daily updates.

28 May: At least 1250 patients have recovered. About 7% cases are healthcare workers. Laboratories in Jalalabad, Kandahar and Nangarhar were unable to conduct tests for several days as lab technicians were infected with COVID-19. While the other labs have probably resumed tests, the Kandahar lab remains closed. Kabul remains the most affected part of the country followed by Hirat, Balkh, Kandahar and Nangarhar – which is emerging as a possible new hotspots.

22 May: More than 930 patients have recovered. The risk of the coronavirus spreading among displaced communities is high due to crowded living quarters, limited to no access to clean water and sanitation and severely curtailed health care.

18 May: The government announced extension of the nationwide lockdown until 24 May. However, a number of provinces began easing lockdowns with the arrival of Ramadan.

13 May: Kabul remains the most heavily affected location. There are nine laboratories that can test for COVID-19. Sections of the country are in "measured lockdowns" restricting movement to limit spread of the disease.

11 May: Deaths include at least 11 healthcare workers. Cases are expected to increase during the coming weeks as transmission escalates. Kabul remains the most affected part of the country in terms of confirmed cases, followed by Hirat, Kandahar and Balkh.

7 May: Over 3,500 people across all 34 provinces have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Of those, approximately 468 people have recovered, and 105 people have died. Among those deceased are 11 healthcare workers and 76 people who had at least one underlying illness, the most common being cardio-vascular, lung disease, diabetes and neurological disease.

5 May: As testing becomes more available across the nation, the COVID-19 cases count is expected to rise sharply. Major cities are in lock-down, including the capital city of Kabul. Residents everywhere are being urged to stay home however, compliance has not been consistent. Thousands of Afghans have returned home from Iran since the beginning of the year, many without being tested or quarantined.

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