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Afghanistan Flash Update | COVID-19 | Daily Brief No. 44 | 14 May 2020

Key Messages: UPDATED

People confirmed to have COVID-19: 5,639 (as of 1pm, 14 May. Source: Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health - MoPH)
Deaths from COVID-19: 136
Samples tested: 19,732

Key concerns: Border crossing areas, in-country testing capacity, protective equipment for frontline workers, commodity prices, floods, messaging and rumour management, international air services

Situation Overview: UPDATED

MoPH data shows that 5,639 people across all 34 provinces in Afghanistan are now confirmed to have COVID-19. Some 691 people have recovered and 136 people have died. 11 healthcare workers are among those who have died from COVID-19. The majority of the deaths were people between ages of 40 and 69. Men between the ages of 40 and 69 represent more than half of all COVID-19-related deaths. Cases are expected to continue to increase over the weeks ahead as community transmission escalates, creating grave implications for Afghanistan’s economy and people’s well-being. Kabul remains the most affected part of the country in terms of confirmed cases, followed by Hirat, Kandahar and Balkh.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Health Organization
Original Publication Date: 
14 May 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination