COVID-19 killed 21 people in Afghanistan in May, WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO), in its ‘Afghanistan Emergency Situation Report‘ released on Tuesday, stated that 21 people have died of Covid-19 in Afghanistan during the month of May 2023.

“During the reporting period, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases showed an increase by 24.4% with 21 associated deaths (CFR 0.35%). There were 7 deaths reported during April 2023 compared to May 2023.” The report highlighted.

According to the report, “There were 24,359 tests that have been conducted in public laboratories, which is higher by 31.5% compared to April 2023. The test positivity increased from 10.9% in April 2023 to 24.5% in May 2023.” 

The World Health Organization’s monthly report reveals a significant rise of 62.3% with 99 newly reported suspected cases of “Dengue Fever” this month. Additionally, the WHO has confirmed that no fatalities related to this disease have been recorded during this period.

The organization also highlights that during the reporting period, the number of suspected pertussis cases has showed an increase by 47.5% (146 suspected cases in May 2023 compared to 99 in April 2023), with no new associated deaths.

The report adds: “During the reporting period, the number of “Acute Respiratory infection (ARI)” cases showed 7.6% Increase (690,529 suspected cases in May 2023 compared to 641,922 in April 2023.”

According to the World Health Organization, six deaths related to “Acute Watery Diarrhea” were also recorded in May.

“WHO provided 43,91 metric tons (MT) of medical and non-medical supplies, which will benefit 1,467,050 people in 34 provinces, through 69 health facilities,” the WHO wrote in its monthly report.

This is the third report by the World Health Organization to highlight a trend of increasing Covid-19 cases in the country. As per the organization’s findings, nine individuals succumbed to the virus in April 2023, while four deaths were recorded in March.