OCHA: COVID-19 Death Toll in Afghanistan Approaches 8,000

According to the latest report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan, 7,886 people have died from the virus.

The OCHA report, released on Friday, March 3, shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in Afghanistan up to February 28 of this year.

Based on this report, more than 209,000 people in the country have been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic until late February 2023.

The published report indicates that 91.3% of those infected have recovered, while 3.8% have died.

Severe respiratory infection and severe diarrhea are among the main symptoms of COVID-19 patients throughout Afghanistan.

The report also states that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided health and nutrition services to 287,000 people in Afghanistan through mobile teams since the outbreak of the pandemic.

OCHA has emphasized that 155 health packages have been distributed to vulnerable areas by the World Health Organization, and it is expected that 58,850 people will benefit from them in the next three months.

Meanwhile, access to COVID-19 patients in Afghanistan has been suspended for the past three months, with only the COVID-19 vaccination program providing services in the country.