The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday said that over 100,000 Afghans, among them health workers and members of the security forces, have received COVID-19 vaccinations.
Health officials said that Afghanistan has so far received over 900,000 doses of the India-made AstraZeneca vaccine.
Based on the figures, 67684 members of the health system, 18,447 teachers, 3792 elderly people, 1,602 govt employees and 1,904 media workers have so far been vaccinated.
Meanwhile, doctors at the Afghan-Japan hospital in Kabul have said that those recently diagnosed with COVID-19 have recently traveled from Iran and Pakistan.
“It has 75 percent effectiveness even on the patients, but the immunity on the healthy people is about 96 percent,” said Mustafa Lais, the head of COVID-19 combat cell at the Ministry of Public Health.
“On the recommendation of the World Health Organization, we also included the most vulnerable segment of the society and the elderly people or those who are suffering from chronic diseases,” said Lais.
“More people are consulting us on a daily basis since March,” said Mohammad Tariq Akbari, the head of Afghan-Japan hospital.
Currently, up to 70 cases of COVID-19 are being registered in Afghanistan.
“I was admitted to the hospital five days ago, I feel pain in my heart, my side and lungs,” said Khadija, a COVID-19 patient.
Statistics show that so far over 56,000 people across Afghanistan have tested positive for COVID-19, from which 69 cases appear to be the new variant of the virus.
2,500 people are reported dead from COVID-19.
Experts say that the exact figures are much higher than the government figures.
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The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported 94 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 1,120 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported two deaths and 25 recoveries from COVID-19 in the same period.
The new cases were reported in Kabul (17), Laghman (20), Nangarhar (17), Herat (7), Kandahar (2), Balkh (3), Paktia (5), Nimruz (5), Helmand (5), Wardak (9), Ghazni (3) and Kunar (1) provinces.
The ministry reported that the cumulative total of known COVID-19 cases is 56,873, the total number of reported deaths is 2,512, and the total number of recoveries is 51,928.
So far, 358,885 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 2,433 known active COVID-19 cases in the country, data by the ministry indicates.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 2,862,248 and the number of known global coronavirus cases is 131,869,262, according to Johns Hopkins University.