MoPH: COVID-19 Cases Have Decreased While Polio Cases Increased

With just 24 new cases of Coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that the outbreak is slowing down in Afghanistan.

Akmal Samsor, spokesperson for the MoPH, said on Wednesday that the Coronavirus positive rates have reduced further, meaning in Week 35 of the pandemic only 10% of the samples overall were found to be positive, compared to 12% in Week 34.

However, the point to note is, through the past week that started on Sept. 5, the government’s laboratories have barely tested 1,000 samples.

Samsor said that despite the opening of schools, the number of COVID-19 cases have not increased and if this continues, then the first wave of infections may end before winter.

Referring to a possible second wave, he told people who have comorbidities and are over 50 years old, to get a flu vaccine.

However, Samsor noted that the cases of wild polio have increased in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year.

They have recorded 44 cases this year, compared to the 29 that were reported in the entire last year.

The MoPH said they have launched a polio vaccination campaign in several provinces despite the threat of the pandemic.

9 / September 2020
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