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Indian variant COVID-19 outbreak increases concerns in Afghanistan

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, Afghan lab technicians pose for a photo at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, Kabul’s main facility for coronavirus testing and treatment, in Kabul, Afghanistan. After 20 years and billions of dollars in international money, much of it from the U.S., the Afghan capital hardly has a hospital that works, with coronavirus tests lost, misread and misunderstood. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

By: Lailuma Noori

The death toll caused by COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan has increased in recent days. Since the first positive case of COVID-19 was registered on February last year, continued efforts have been made to fight different variants of the pandemic in the country.
As researches have proven that role of human hand in spreading the coronavirus is highlighter than any other element. Therefore, the health instruction is to avoid big gatherings, wash hands with soap and water on regular basis and use mask in public. The main goal of health instructions is to prevent from further outbreak of COVID-19 and infection of more individuals in society.
Unfortunately, health instructions are not observed in society as wedding parties, prayer ceremonies and small and big happy gatherings are held on daily basis. Meanwhile, no preventive measures are seen in schools, universities, markets, officers and public transportations. In such circumstances, it is clear that coronavirus will knock the door of each Afghan family and jeopardize the life of each citizen.
On the other hand, the coronavirus outbreak particularly the new COVID-19 variant has increased concerned among the people. Concerns have also increased over the Indian COVID-19 variant in the country too. As increasing Afghan citizens are commuting various cities of India, the new Indian COVID-19 variant outbreak is much possible in the country.
Previously, officials for the ministry of public health had said that there is possible Indian COVID-19 variant outbreak in the country. The MoPH spokesperson says the ministry is not able to diagnose such virus in the country.
According to a London University lecturer and health expert Nawroz Haqmal, there are three different differentiations between the ordinary type of COVID-19 with Indian and English COVID-19 variants.
“The infection of the ordinary type of COVID-19 is significantly less than the English and Indian types of COVID-19, but there is no different in death fatalities between the English and ordinary ones, while the Indian type of COVID-19 variant is more dangerous than the ordinary and English types of COVID-19 both in infection and fatalities,” Dr Haqmal said.
He said that the India type of COVID-19 variant can infect both aged and those suffering various diseases as well as all type of people including children, asking the Afghan government to have necessary preparation in this regard.
Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has implemented more than 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines to prevent from increasing the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“The implementing process of 2nd doses of the COVID-19 vaccines on those receiving first doses of the vaccine is underway,” said Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, a spokesperson to the ministry of public health. He said that the ministry would soon receive nearly 700,000 vaccines from China, adding that they would soon start the second process of implementation of COVID-19 vaccine in near future.
It is worth mentioning that the country’s ministry of public health has provided 968,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine assisted by India and WHO. The first positive case of COVID-19 was registered first in Herat on 24 February last year. The cumulative total of known COVID-19 cases is 68,366, the total number of reported deaths is 2,869, and the total number of recoveries is 56,711.

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