COVID-19 Response │ Brief # 04

18 October 2020

UNICEF Afghanistan/2020/Omid Fazel


The lives of children in Afghanistan are being changed in profound ways. Polio immunization activities have been on hold, schools closed, access to health facilities limited. The figures of reported cases of COVID-19 nation-wide has increased from 36,710 on 31 July, to 39,254 on 30 September. According to a nationwide study by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH),1 around 10 million people, or 31.5 per cent of the population, were reported in July as having either a current or past COVID-19 infection. Of these, approximately 3 million are children under 18.

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