Afghanistan: Dozens of coronavirus victims buried by relatives in Kabul hills

Dozens of COVID-19 infected bodies were buried in the Chahar Dehi hills, near Kabul on Wednesday. Relatives could be seen helping unload coffins from ambulances to be buried in graves located in the hillside, with some family members helping to dig with shovels and bare hands. The country's health system is currently experiencing a shortage of medical equipment and a surge in epidemic infections. «About 80 percent of these patients had no sign of coronavirus,» Doctor Hassan Yusoufi stated. «No coughing, no fever and so on.» «Some of the families are affected by the coronavirus, but they do not know it yet,» he added. Up to 40 bodies have reportedly been brought by ambulance to the hills on a daily basis, overwhelming the gravediggers. Some have even allegedly turned up at night to avoid the stigma of the coronavirus, by not revealing whether they are infected with the disease. «We do not have standard medical equipment,» he said, as he accused the Afghanistan government of «lying» about the number of coronavirus cases. «The exact cases might be over one million in Kabul city. I believe it is one million affected people,» he said. The ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) confirmed poor specialised healthcare and limited coverage of conflicted areas, as the country saw health facilities attacked by gunmen the last month amid the epidemic, worsening the health crisis. In Afghanistan, there have been 26,874 coronavirus cases and 504 related fatalities, as Johns Hopkins University compiled data shows.

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