Afghanistan in the throes of a dramatic third wave of Covid-19

The epidemic is hitting a country already ravaged by war and poverty, with more than 1,500 cases detected per day and a death toll that is undoubtedly largely underestimated.

Panic seizes Afghanistan, where the Covid-19 is in the process of knowing “a brutal outbreak ” in the form of a third epidemic wave, indicates the Kabul Times. According to the Ministry of Health, the country is “in the midst of a crisis ” And vit “deep frustration ”, because the global distribution of vaccines “today leaves the poor countries in the embarrassment of obtaining doses for their population ”.

The escalation in the number of new cases since May is due “to the incessant journeys between India and Afghanistan ”, with people who have reported the Indian variant of the coronavirus, now called Delta by the World Health Organization.

It threatens to overwhelm the Afghan health system, already strained by the weight of relentless conflict. ”

Undervalued numbers and ineffective measures

The country is currently detecting 1,500 new cases per day, compared to 178 for the day of May 1. Result, “the hospital beds are all occupied and there is fear of a rapid shortage of oxygen for the patients ”, to the point that appeals for help have been sent to neighboring countries.

Official statistics show 78,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 3,000 deaths since the start of the


Guillaume Delacroix

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