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Afghanistan Flash Update | COVID-19 | Daily Brief No. 45 | 17 May 2020

Key Messages: UPDATED

  • People confirmed to have COVID-19: 6,635 (as of 2pm, 17 May. Source: Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health - MoPH)
  • Deaths from COVID-19: 169
  • Samples tested: 22,592
  • 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 6,635 people across all 34 provinces in Afghanistan are now confirmed to have COVID-19. Some 778 people have recovered and 169 people have died. 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.

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