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KABUL: The Covid-19 pandemic is spiralling out of control in Afghanistan, with cases rising 2,400 percent in the past month, hospitals filling up and medical resources quickly running out, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Thursday.

More than a third of tests last week came back positive, the IFRC said.

“Afghanistan is at a crisis point in the battle to contain Covid-19 as hospital beds are full to capacity in the capital Kabul and in many areas,” said Nilab Mobarez, acting President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, in a statement released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The surge was putting intense strain on a country where millions already live in poverty and health resources are scarce.


Health authorities on Thursday registered 2,313 positive cases and a record 101 deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Officials and experts have said low testing means those official figures are probably a dramatic undercount.

Afghanistan’s fragile health system has been damaged by decades of war. Violence has risen in recent months, with US-led foreign forces withdrawing by September and peace negotiations between the Afghan government and insurgent Taliban largely stalled.

Major hospitals have closed their doors this week to new Covid-19 patients after an influx of cases left them with a lack of beds and oxygen shortages.

The IFRC warned that lack of vaccine access and hesitancy were exacerbating the situation. Less than 0.5pc of Afghans have been fully vaccinated.

Around 700,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine arrived in the country last week, allowing authorities to start the next round of its vaccination campaign.

The IFRC was working with Afghan authorities to provide more resources and try and boost medical oxygen production, according to Necephor Mghendi, the head of Afghanistan Country Delegation for IFRC. “More international support is needed to help win this race against this virus, so we can save thousands of lives,” he said.

 

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Pakistan sends corona safety, treatment items to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), on behalf of government of Pakistan, has dispatched COVID-19 safety and treatment items to Afghanistan.
Addressing the ceremony held in this regard in Islamabad, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan said these items are being sent to Afghanistan for safety and treatment of the Afghan people. He said global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic could only be contained with international solidarity and cooperation.
The sent items included 500 oxygen gas cylinders, oxygen concentrators, Intensive Care Unit ventilators, bipap digital x-ray machines, Personal Protection Equipment kits, nasal cannulas and thermal guns.

 

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The border with Afghanistan and Iran (considering they are about to have a potential super spreader event; the elections, and the movement of Afghans into their country due to the increased conflict) needs to be sealed.

If we leave the Afghan border open it’s the equivalent of leaving the border with India open, as it is a similar variant to what is circulating inside India.

Also, don’t forget to stop all flights to an from Afghanistan. Many air bound travelers are probably also those that have been flying back and forth between Kabul and India.

The situation at the US embassy in Kabul is also dire. 114 infections amongst the staff, one fatality, medical tents in the courtyard. Medivacs happening from what I have read.

If a country with the average age of the population at 19, and cases increasing, it should be very concerning for neighboring countries.
 
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