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Afghanistan Flash Update: Daily Brief: COVID-19, No. 40 (30 April 2020)


Key Messages:

• People confirmed to have COVID-19: 2,171 (as of 4pm, 30 April. Source: Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health - MoPH)

• Deaths from COVID-19: 64

• Samples tested: 10,024

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:

MoPH data shows that 2,171 people across all 34 provinces in Afghanistan are now confirmed to have COVID19. Some 260 people have recovered and 64 people have died. Eight healthcare workers are among those who have died from COVID-19. Among the fatalities, 60 had at least one underlying disease, the most common of which are cardio-vascular disease, lung disease, and diabetes. The majority of the fatalities were between ages of 40-69. Men between the ages of 40-69 represent more than 50 per cent of all COVID-19-related deaths. 30,000 diagnostic testing kits are available in-country and the WHO has a supplier in place to provide additional kits as necessary. Cases are expected to increase rapidly over the weeks ahead as community transmission escalates, creating grave implications for Afghanistan’s economy and people’s well-being. Kabul is now the most affected part of the country, followed by Hirat in terms of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there have been reports of Moroccan locusts in the northern provinces bordering Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and desert locusts in the provinces bordering Iran and Pakistan. Control operations in Hirat were recently carried out by the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), and a control team will shortly be deployed to Uruzgan in the coming days. Similar control operations have been carried out in Nimroz where around 20 hectares of land were affected by desert locust swarms. Ground operations are underway to control the small swarms of locust through both natural and chemical measures. Based on the current volume of locusts, food security partners do not anticipate extraordinary impact on this season's yield in Afghanistan. However, the situation remains unpredictable as neighbouring provinces in Pakistan, as well as in Iran's southern regions have been affected by massive swarms of desert locusts as of late, potentially devastating crops and increasing food insecurity in those countries.


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