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Afghanistan Flash Update: Daily Brief: COVID-19, No. 2 (26 February 2020)

Situation Report
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Key Messages:

  • Confirmed case: 1
  • Suspected cases: 10
  • Key concern – border crossing areas in Western province

The basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following:

  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  • Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
  • In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

Situation Overview:

Across 38 countries, a total of 80,980 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and 2,762 fatalities have been reported, with 44 deaths outside China. On 24 February Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported one suspected case had been confirmed in the western province of Hirat. The person had recently travelled from Qom, the Islamic Republic of Iran. As of 26 February, MoPH has now confirmed 10 suspected cases (seven in Hirat, two in Ghor and one in Hilmand). The clinical conditions of the confirmed and non-confirmed cases are good. All 10 suspected cases are being kept in isolation wards.

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