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High Poverty Rate Forced Afghans to Ignore COVID-19 Threats

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KABUL: Due to severe economic crisis affecting millions of Afghana, the Threat pose by Covid-19 is being ignored in the Afghan society of 35 million.

According to the official numbers of the Ministry of Public Health, more than 7,000 people have died of the coronavirus since the outbreak in the country.

Citizens said that due to the looming economic crisis and high rate of poverty, they are paying less attention to the COVID-19’s threats.  

“There have been war and misery in our country for the past 40 years. The COVID-19 will not affect us but this misery will kill us,” said a resident of Kabul.  “We come every day to work. There is nothing of COVID-19,” said a resident of Kabul.

The Afghan Japan Hospital said it receives more than 60 patients infected by the Covid-19 on a daily basis.  

“The number of patients has increased over the last week. At least 60 patients are referred to us every day, from which we intake five to six people,” said Zalmai Rishteen, head of the Afghan Japan Hospital.

 The MoPH also said it is planning to launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign on May 28.“The WHO provided us with 120,000 test kits.

The new machines which are needed have arrived in Kabul,” said Javid Hazhir, a spokesman for the MoPH.  According to the MoPH, only five COVID-19 centers are currently active in Afghanistan.

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