COVID-19: Gender Disparity In Testing As Afghan Tally Crosses 30,000

As Afghanistan crosses the 30,000 cases mark, an analysis by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) showed that there is a gender disparity in women’s access to testing facilities and healthcare in the country.

The IRC found that over 72% of the positive COVID-19 cases, 19,500 to be precise, in Afghanistan were men, indicating that testing is extremely limited to women in conflict settings. Their data showed this discrepancy across many such conflict-affected nations.

Of the 1,175 samples tested for COVID-19 during the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, 460 were positive, the Ministry of Public Health announced on Thursday. This brings the total number of people infected with Coronavirus to 30,175.

Samples tested positive in Kabul (166), Paktia (69), Herat (59), Takhar (38), Daykundi (29), Kapisa (25), Kunduz (24), Baghlan (18), Wardak (13), Badakhshan (7), Nangarhar (5), Bamyan (3), Kunar (2), Laghman (1) and Logar (1).

There were 36 people who died during the day, pushing the nationwide fatalities to 675. The number of patients who were recovered increased to 10,174 after 305 people recovered.

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