A deadly fungal infection known as “black fungus” that first appeared in Indian COVID-19 patients has been detected in Afghanistan, which is in the midst of a brutal third wave of coronavirus, the minister said on Saturday of Health, Wahid Majroh.
Afghanistan has reported a fungal death, which has been detected in two more patients, he said.
In Afghanistan, where people rarely wear masks and there is no social distancing, the number of new cases has been steadily rising, with 1,272 new cases in the last 24 hours and 92 deaths. The rate of testing in Afghanistan is just 4,000 a day. Since the pandemic began last year, Afghanistan has recorded 124,757 cases and 5,199 deaths, although it is believed the figures are not fully reported.
In the capital Kabul on ministries of health has added hundreds of new beds to increase patients, although the capacity rate remains nearly 100 percent. Afghanistan also lacks oxygen, and poor Afghans sometimes wait days for oxygen cylinders to fill up. production plants in Kabul.
Meanwhile, just 2.5% of Afghanistan’s more than 36 million people have been vaccinated as the country has struggled to receive the promised vaccines under the UN-sponsored COVAX program.
Fungal disease has attracted worldwide attention in India and has appeared in Egypt.
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