Coronavirus sweeps through Afghanistan’s security forces
Afghanistan has extremely low coronavirus testing rates: Less than 0.2 percent of its population — 64,900 people out of an estimated 37.6 million Afghans — have been tested. As of Thursday, more than 30,000 people were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus and over 600 had died. But the Health Ministry warns the true numbers are much higher and that as many as 26 million people in the country could be infected with the virus in coming months and the death toll could top 100,000.
The Afghan government refuses to release data on the number of coronavirus cases within the security forces. Spokesmen from the Afghan ministries of defense and the interior acknowledge there are cases within the security forces but say the virus’s spread has been contained because troops displaying symptoms are quickly isolated, masks have been made mandatory, and medical supplies have been distributed to bases nationwide.
Security officials from Nangarhar, Ghazni, Logar and Kunduz provinces — all hotly contested by the Taliban — spoke to The Washington Post about infection rates …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]