COVID-19 Epidemiological Bulletin, Afghanistan - Epidemiological Week 30, 2021 (25 – 31 July 2021)

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Highlights of the week

As of week 30, 709,931 samples have been tested for COVID-19 by both public and private laboratories. Of this number, 438,105 (62%) samples were tested through public confirmatory laboratories.

In week 30, 3,685 new cases of COVID-19 and 294 new deaths were reported. This is a 32% increase in cases and 11% increase in deaths compared to week 29 (Table 1).

Cumulatively, 147,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6,774 associated deaths (CFR=4.5%) have been reported in Afghanistan since Feb 2020.

In week 30, the highest number of COVID-19 cases were reported in the west and north east (1,104 cases, 530 cases, respectively) (Table 2). The top five provinces that reported positive cases include Herat (839 cases), Kabul (426 cases), Nangarhar (232 cases), Badakhshan (156 cases), and Hilmand (153 cases).

Overall, Afghanistan has reported 4,639 confirmed cases and 93 associated deaths among healthcare workers (HCWs) since 2020. To date, Herat, Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh and Kunar reported the highest number of positive cases among HCWs.

COVID-19 vaccination highlights:

As of 31 July 2021, 1,458,471 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Of this number, 694,234 (48%) individuals are fully vaccinated, and 764,237 (52%) are partially vaccinated.

Of the total number vaccinated, 60.6% are males and 39.4% are females, 149,664 (10.3%) are HCWs, 19,154 (1.3%) are IDPs living inside camps, and 9,718 (0.6%) are returnees from neighboring countries.