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Afghanistan Flash Update: Daily Brief: COVID-19, No. 8 (5 March 2020)

Situation Report
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Key Messages:

• People confirmed to have COVID-19: 1

• People who are presumptive for COVID-19: 26

• People who have tested negative for COVID-19: 80

• Key concern: border crossing areas in the country’s west (Source Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan)

Situation Overview: UPDATED

As of 5 March 2020, a total of 95,270 people have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 and 3,281 people have reportedly died across 79 countries. The exact case-fatality ratio is still difficult to assess as the denominator (or type of infections, including those with mild symptoms) remains unknown. On 28 February, WHO increased its assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to “very high” at the global level – its top level of risk assessment – while stressing that there still is a chance of containing the virus if its chain of transmission is broken. WHO believes that containment is possible in all settings. However, the immediate measures taken by countries to prepare for possible scenarios will determine the course of the outbreak. Countries with weaker health systems and limited capacity to deal with a major disease outbreak are at particular risk. The increasing spread of the virus from and within Italy, Iran and South Korea remains a concern. Travel restrictions by countries are changing rapidly and should be monitored on daily basis.

On 24 February, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported that one person with COVID-19 had been confirmed in the western province of Hirat. The person had recently travelled from Qom in Iran. It is reported that all schools in Hirat are closed and public gatherings banned until further notice. As of 5 March, MoPH is investigating 26 people presumptive for COVID-19 (see table below). The clinical condition of the person confirmed as having and those presumptive for COVID-19 is good. All 26 people presumptive for COVID-19 are being kept in isolation wards.

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