Kabul: The UK strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19), known as “English”, is fast spreading in Afghanistan, confirmed the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Saturday.
COVID-19 cases have been reported from the eastern provinces of the country, said Ghulam Dastgir Nazari, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health. However, the spokesperson has not given the exact number of cases.
The UK strain was first reported in Britain and is a mutated version of the Sars-Cov-2 virus which causes the COVID-19 infection.
He added that the comparison of statistics over the last two weeks with previous weeks showed that a large number of citizens were infected with the virus while estimating that the UK strain of the virus may have affected a larger number of people.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health stressed on the importance of health measures, the use of masks and frequent hand washing to prevent the infection. He also warned that if the health tips are not followed, a third wave of the coronavirus could spread in the country.
According to health ministry statistics, more than 57,000 people in the country have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 2,500 others have died.